Granby OKs plat for Smith Creek Crossing affordable housing development |

Granby OKs plat for Smith Creek Crossing affordable housing development

Construction equipment and work crews conduct excavation work at the future site of the River Run Ranch RV resort on the Shorefox property north of downtown Granby. Work on the project started in August.
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About 100 affordable housing units are expected to become available for rent or purchase next summer in Granby as town officials continue moving forward with ongoing discussions related to the Sun Communities development known as Smith Creek Crossing.

Smith Creek Crossing is an affordable housing development being planned by Sun Communities, a Michigan-based real estate firm that has spent the last several years in ongoing negotiations with the town of Granby regarding the Shorefox property north of Granby. Town officials recently approved the final plat and plan for the 310-unit housing development, located on the northwest side of the intersection of Highways 34 and 40.

Negotiations over final details related to the development are ongoing. Action items related to the final negotiations are scheduled for Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. If the town trustees do approve the final details related to the development Tuesday, Granby Town Manager Aaron Blair said the town would look to close on the property with Sun Communities in the near future, potentially within a week.

According to Blair, Sun Communities plans complete work on roughly 100 to 150 units by next year.

“Sun has set an aggressive timetable on that,” Blair said. “They would love to see residents moving in summer 2019.”

The units themselves are constructed off site and later installed on permanent foundations. The units will provide Sun with employee housing for workers at their Granby RV resort, River Run Ranch. Blair said roughly one-third of the total number of units will be set aside for Sun employees. The remainder of the units will be available for rent or purchase as affordable housing.

Units will vary in size from one to four bedrooms with square footage ranging from 705 square feet, for what Sun calls “micro concept” units, to as much as 1,800 square feet on the larger traditional single-family units. The purchase prices of units are expected to range from $99,000 to $199,000.

The units, which are standalone structures, will be offered exclusively to current Granby residents, workers who work within town limits, owners of businesses in Granby, employees of East Grand School District and employees of the hospital during the first three months. After three months, the units will become available to Grand County residents. After six months, 50 percent of the remaining units will be offered to the general public, with the remaining 50 percent still being earmarked for Grand County residents. The units are prohibited from being used as short-term rentals.

Construction of the Sun Communities-owned River Run Ranch RV resort is also currently underway in Granby. Work on the long-awaited resort kicked off in August as work crews began digging into the construction project. Blair said crews are currently tackling excavation and utility related work such as grading and the installation of necessary water and sewer lines. Preparation work for the forthcoming pouring of building foundations is also underway. Blair said the town expects foundation work to begin in the next week or so.

According to Blair, the first vertical construction that will be undertaken on the project will be that of the resort’s welcome center. Blair said Sun also plans to begin working on other resort amenities and RV campsites as part of their phase one development for 2018-19, though an exact timeline was heavily dependent upon weather. According to Blair, early construction will focus on the “most critical parts” needed to allow RV resort operations.

Construction on the project could continue through the winter. Blair noted Sun Communities is considering erecting a large dome structure similar to the one used last winter during construction of the second phase of the Hideaway Station project in Winter Park. Sun will also be looking to construct a new water treatment facility before resort operations start.

According to Blair, Sun hopes to have open at least a portion of the RV resort to guests as early as Memorial Day weekend 2019, which necessitates a construction timeline Blair called “ambitious.”

River Run Ranch, once fully constructed, will entail two development sites, one north and one south of the Colorado River. The first phase of the project will focus exclusively on the development area south of the river. That development area will include 236 RV sites, 163 park model sites, 74 “glamping” sites and 36 villas.

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