MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The applicant for a proposed redevelopment of the Mountain Village’s Telluride Apartments site into an affordable housing hub will not go before the town’s Design Review board Thursday.
Last week, the proposed developers Eastern Partners announced they would like to postpone this week’s scheduled hearing, in order to respond to neighbors’ objections to the project. In its current form, the proposed Adams Ranch Apartments plan would add 91 units of privately managed, for-rent affordable housing to the Mountain Village Meadows, reflecting a density increase promoted by the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan.
In an email addressed to Mountain Village Director of Community Development Chris Hawkins, Eastern Partners’ spokesman Randy Edwards cited a recent influx of additional input from Meadows residents as the grounds for postponing the hearing. The postponement will enable Eastern Partners to provide an expanded legal re-noticing aimed at all Meadows residents, as he writes, “in an effort to provide clarity to the community regarding the proposed Development, [and] accurate data provided by the Town, the County and other sources regarding population, units, and impacts to the Site, the neighborhood and the Town…We want to take this opportunity to take a brief step back to make certain that we hear all of the concerns, and do our best to respond effectively to them.”
Mountain Village Town Council, DRB and staff received a flurry of email correspondence last week pertaining to the proposed plan for the site, whose authors worried that the latest plans, scaled back for the fourth time since first coming before DRB, still reflected too large a density increase. Conversely, the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan recommended a target density of 91 units on this site, in an effort to answer some of the community’s concerns about economic sustainability and affordable housing as outlined in the Plan’s Vision Statements.
In a phone interview with The Watch this week, Eastern Partners’ Edwards maintained that the group will continue to try and answer neighbors’ concerns about the project, and specifically its impacts on the Meadows neighborhood.
“We believe that we’ve sat down with many of the neighbors, and we’ve accommodated many of the issues they’ve had,” Edwards said. “And we will continue to try and accommodate as many issues as we possibly can.”
The DRB will thus not conduct a public hearing this Thursday, March 28, as previously scheduled. A new public notice will be sent out by the applicant in the near future for a future DRB hearing and Town Council hearing.*