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Orvis Shorefox wants time-shares as part of its Granby development

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Although Granby town board members reviewed an Orvis Shorefox planning request Tuesday that previously had been postponed, General Manager Steve Bromberg said Wednesday that it is not an indication the development is ready to pick up where it left off.

“It’s a tough economic time right now, and we’re working through it,” Bromberg said.

Waiting for a “financing piece,” Bromberg said the suspended development at the corner of U.S. Highways 40 and 34 is caught in the middle of an economic downturn “like any number of companies.”

Granby board members reviewed an amendment to Shorefox’s planned development that would authorize time shares throughout the resort community as a use by right.

Rather than approve the amendment, board members held off in order to check the Orvis Shorefox annexation agreement to ensure that a fraction of units built are guaranteed nightly rentals. All time shares, board members reasoned, would kill the potential for sales tax income to the town.

Bromberg verified Wednesday that a hotel is still planned as part of the Shorefox development.

Annexation hearing

A rental-properties business owner is seeking to annex land into Granby for future office warehouse spaces and possible employee housing.

But a neighbor to the property says the intersection leading to the property in question is already handling more traffic than it should.

Neighbor Ted Pratt, who lives across the street from the empty tract, told commissioners that he is not against the property being annexed, rezoned or developed, but is against “dense” development that would attract more traffic to the unsafe intersection of CR 60, U.S. Highway 40 and 6th Street.

Significantly more vehicles on that road each day could “intensely impact that road,” Pratt said.

Eric Anderson of TLC Rentals LLC owns 6.53 acres of property on County Road 60 past the Grand Living Senior Homes in Granby.

His tract of land for a development project, zoned Forestry and Open under the county, would befit Granby’s Highway General Business zone, Anderson said during an annexation public hearing Tuesday.

His development, he continued, is appropriate for that part of Granby where other industrial-type uses exist.

The business spaces he proposes, with plenty of parking space for trucks, would be ideal for trade businesses, such as plumbers, electricians and other contractors, he said.

Anderson also plans about 25 attainable housing units, but details of the project are not yet solidified, he said.

Recognizing the problems with County Road 60, Anderson added that he would have a traffic impact study done as part of the development process and would be willing to do his “fair share” of mitigating impacts.

Granby town board members continued the hearing to 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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