Letter: Granby should revisit plan for Rodeo Apartments
I appreciate the Town of Granby looking into solutions for attainable housing as it is a major issue that impacts everyone. Admittedly, I don’t pay attention as much as I should to the notices and the legalese involved in public projects, but the recent movement on the Rodeo Apartments in Granby has raised a few questions.
Has the town actually asked the citizens for their input about the type of attainable housing we need and want? Are the Rodeo Apartments a long-term solution to attract skilled teachers, young professionals, nurses and tradespeople to Granby? With a plan to build 300 apartments, are we choosing quantity over quality? Phase 1 is for 108 rental units only. The people who need attainable housing are the core of our community, but are we setting them up for success by offering them a rental apartment where they can never build equity?
As part of the deal, the town has given the land to a for-profit developer at zero cost and waived school impact fees. Is this the best we can do considering the town owns the land? Check out the Wellington neighborhood in east Breckenridge to see what a deed restricted neighborhood can look like. That’s a neighborhood anyone would be proud to live in, start a family, put down roots.
Let’s not waste this one time opportunity to develop the 30 acres that the town owns. I would like the Town of Granby to hit the pause button on this project so it can truly engage our community because I have a feeling if you asked around a 300 unit apartment complex is not what citizens see as the best solution.
— Chris Michalowski, Granby
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