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Winter Park approves preliminary plan for Shed property

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

The preliminary plat for the Winter Park Square subdivision, to be located on what is known as the Shed property in downtown Winter Park, was approved Tuesday night with 20 conditions to be met prior to final plat.

Some of the conditions include bear-proof trash bins, parking, a landscaping plan, and a deposit for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Main Street and Miller Road.

The development includes 105 two-bedroom units, roughly 20,000 square feet of commercial space and an underground parking area on just under three acres of property.

“This is what we envisioned on this property. I think this is what we wanted downtown,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Myers.

But Town Council members had several questions for the developer, due to the location of the property.

“Is this going to be a building we’re all going to be proud of?” asked council member Vince Turner. “This is a showcase piece of property along the creek that sets the tone for downtown. So, we trust you a lot, I guess.”

Jessica Ferrufino spoke for Winter Park Group last night to address concerns.

“We understand this site is very important to Winter Park and its residents,” she said, adding that the group was still in the preliminary stages of planning and intends to produce a quality development.

Town Planner Drew Nelson added that the developer is getting close to producing some design pieces for Town Council members to view.

Winter Park resident Bill Hardardt asked representatives of Winter Park Group why the property needed access from Main Street (U.S. Highway 40) if it could be accessed from Vasquez Creek and Miller Road.

“We’re looking for something a little less obtrusive. Why do we need 40 if we have all these other access?” Hardardt asked.

Jeff Carter of Winter Park Group explained that the model for the development regarding access reflects what was adopted by the town in preliminary discussions.

Another resident, Judy Hardardt, had a concern about parking spaces. She said she felt the parking situation was inadequate for the amount of units and commercial space expected. Nelson said the preliminary documents show plans for 184 parking spaces, and that number meets the town’s standards.

County asks for recycling funds

Town Council members approved funding toward keeping the recycling bins at the Granby Landfill until a solution is found for the Fraser Valley and Winter Park.

Until the request for proposals (RFP) go out to hire a trash company and put recycling bins back in the Fraser Valley, the county is requesting that communities contribute money toward keeping the current bins at the landfill in place.

Town Manager David Torgler said Grand County is paying $5,000 for January and is asking communities to contribute for other months, perhaps through March or later.

Town Council members agreed they wanted to participate. Mayor Nick Teverbaugh said he had e-mailed Granby and Fraser to come up with a cost-sharing split during the next several months to get through the RFP process, but hadn’t heard back yet.

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