New development in Granby is growing, but it’s mostly behind the scenes for now |

New development in Granby is growing, but it’s mostly behind the scenes for now

These conceptual drawings show rough sketches of what developers are planning for the proposed housing development northwest of Garnet Avenue and Eighth Street in Granby.

Granby is becoming a large hub for new development in Grand County, with town officials continuing to prepare for a slate of projects expected to impact the town in the near future. But most of the action is taking place behind the scenes, at least for now.

The largest development project coming to Granby, an RV resort owned by Sun Communities called River Run Ranch, is quickly moving toward construction. Granby Town Manager Aaron Blair said he expects grading work on the development site to begin within the next 30 days.

“They would love to see some stuff going vertical this year,” Blair said. “I don’t know if they will make it. But they will be starting grading and underground work.”

Blair said the town tentatively expects River Run Ranch to open in summer 2020.

An adjacent attainable and workforce housing development also by Sun Communities is moving forward as well and has officially been dubbed Smith Creek Crossing. That development has moved into the permit review stage and is set to go before the Granby Planning Commission at a public meeting July 2.

“If that goes well, they will go to the town board on July 24,” Blair explained.

The housing development, which is set to include over 300 modular units, would likely see final approval from town officials later this summer if negotiations between the town and Sun Communities move smoothly, according to Blair. Closing on the roughly $1 million sale of the 61.5-acre parcel to Sun Communities is contingent upon approval of a housing development plan by the town.

Another new housing development is in the works north of Granby, with the town in discussions with a developer to create a new housing development on the 10-acre parcel of land northwest of the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Eighth Street. The property, which is currently occupied by a single residence, is in the earliest stages of development, but, according to Blair, is in escrow to close with the developer.

The new development, which has not been officially named, still has to go through significant administrative and regulatory steps before moving forward including potential annexation of the property into the town as it’s currently part of unincorporated Grand County.

If the new development does move forward successfully, town officials said the developer is estimating construction of 40 to 50 “garden homes,” each being in the 1,300- to 1,500-square-foot range. Blair said the properties would be for sale and considered “starter” homes.

Blair said discussions are also ongoing with developers about the potential creation of 90 affordable housing units on Granby’s southern end near the Flying Heels Rodeo area, as well as a senior housing development in downtown Granby, though he had little new to report regarding those discussions.

In addition to housing developments, there are other projects in the works for Granby including a new restaurant and tap room.

Munn Architecture is moving forward, reaching the design phase, of a potential development at its current site on Agate Avenue. Blair said the development plans call for the construction of a new mixed-use structure on the land that would extend up to the sidewalk along U.S. Highway 40.

A future tap house and restaurant is slated for remodel and construction work at 491 East Agate Avenue, in the space previously occupied by Sunset Flooring. Blair said a private citizen is developing the project and that the developer closed on the property last week.

“That most likely won’t open until September,” Blair said. “They have to build a full kitchen.”

And in its pursuit of connectivity, the town recently completed construction on phase one of the shared-use trail that runs along Highway 40 Along south of the Fraser River. The bridge over Tenmile Creek has also been finished. According to Blair, the town has budgeted phase two of the project as part of the 2020 capital improvement plan, but “if we can move forward on it sooner, we will,” he added.

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