Granby board talks Reclamation Ridge, affordable housing
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Granby Mayor Paul Chavousite discussed the town’s ongoing plans to address housing issues on Tuesday during the town board’s first meeting of the new year.
Chavousite highlighted the continuing negotiations with Sun Communities for the development of a workforce housing project on the Shorefox property north of U.S. Highway 34. He said the board has already approved a preliminary plat for the development, which is tentatively slated to feature 300 to 350 three-bedroom, two-bathroom log-sided cabins.
Chavoustie also discussed a potential apartment development on town-owned property near the Fly Heels Rodeo Arena located northeast of City Market on U.S. Highway 40.
That property is deed-restricted and only an affordable housing development can be constructed on the land, according to Chavousite.
He also delved into ongoing meetings with a developer looking to construct a senior housing complex along Agate Avenue.
“Those are three projects that will really help us as a town with affordable housing,” Chavousite said. “It makes Granby a first-home community as much as anything. That is what we are with our services and schools.”
The board went on to address a fairly light agenda for the evening that included a liquor license issuance and a discussion of the Reclamation Ridge Gravel Pit, located northwest of East Grand Middle School on West Meadow Road.
Representatives from Reclamation Ridge updated the board on the “good year” the company had in 2017.
“We paid around $8,500 in taxes, it was a good year,” said representatives from the gravel pit. “We wanted to take the opportunity to come up and say thank you.”
The gravel pit operation was fined $1,500 by the town in August 2016 for violations of its special-use permit for the pit related to the operation of heavy equipment and machinery after 7 p.m. The town fielded comments Tuesday from one of the pit’s neighbors, William Hansen, who raised questions about local water wells that could be impacted by pit operations.
Hansen noted that he had not seen any reports or documents related to the testing of water wells in the area. The board informed Hansen that Reclamation Ridge has been submitting reports to the town quarterly and they would be available to him upon request.
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