Proposed apartments cause concern among Granby residents
GRANBY — A Monday night planning commission meeting in Granby offered constructive dialog as local citizens expressed their concerns about an attainable housing development that could soon be coming to the town’s south end.
The Granby Planning Commission held a public hearing on a planned attainable housing development officially called the Rodeo Minor Subdivision, also known as the Rodeo Apartments. The proposed development has been a topic of discussion for town officials from nearly a full year now but until late last year discussions remained preliminary. The project took a step forward in mid-November when the project’s developer, Mark Unicume of Unicume Colorado, LLC., submitted preliminary project plans to the town.
The proposed project would be constructed in the open space directly east of the building that contains Mountain Beast Fitness between the SilverSage neighborhood to the north and the Flying Heels Rodeo Area to the south.
The project envisioned by Unicume anticipates a multi-phase construction process that would eventually see the construction of 106 separate rental units ranging from one to three bedrooms. The rental units would be constructed in two-story walk-up buildings. Preliminary project plans submitted by Unicume show 12 different apartment buildings in the Rodeo Apartments complex with each building expected to contain anywhere from 18 to 26 separate units.
The preliminary design plans also include space for a playground, dog park, courts for both tennis and volleyball and an office building/rec room facility. The project also envisions the construction of separate garage units that would run alongside the entire length of the development area and separate the Rodeo Apartments from the nearby SilverSage neighborhood, which lies directly north of the proposed development site.
Monday night’s public hearing, which had nearly 40 attendees, was primarily an opportunity for local citizens to speak out on the topic. Unicume addressed the commission briefly saying only that he believes the project is needed and that “we will do the best job we can.” Community residents Rod Lock and Alan Carter spoke in favor of the Rodeo Apartments. Carter is serving as architect for the project. The majority of the comments made at the meeting though expressed concern about the developments potential impacts to residents of the SilverSage neighborhood.
Christian Hornbaker, a resident of the SilverSage neighborhood, was chosen by the neighborhood’s other residents to speak on their behalf during the hearing. Hornbaker prefaced his comments to the commission by acknowledging that he and other residents of SilverSage cannot stop the proposed development.
“We want to say, please don’t do this,” Hornbaker said. “But we believe it is inevitable. We understand the need for attainable housing. A project like this makes sense. But it has to be done right and professionally. We have suggestions based on our concerns.”
Hornbaker highlighted two primary points of concern for the local residents as well as a series of specific stipulations the neighborhood’s residents would like to see imposed on any development plans. The first primary point of concern was related to road access points for the development while the second was related to the green belt requirements the town will look to impose between the Rodeo Apartments as the SilverSage neighborhood. The requests made by the residents related to numerous issues from construction operation hours, to drainage, to the establishment of an advisory group to assist with the project’s planning. The residents of SilverSage also asked the town to use the terminology “attainable housing” as opposed to “affordable housing” on all documentation and signage related to the Rodeo Apartments.
The town of Granby currently owns the property upon which the Rodeo Apartments may eventually be built. Granby Ranch gave the land to the town in 2003. The property is deed restricted and can only be used for the construction of attainable, affordable or workforce housing.
The planning commission tabled any formal action regarding the Rodeo Apartments on Monday night until its upcoming April 1 meeting.
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