Planned apartment complex stalls; 70 units cut from plan

A parcel behind this hotel under construction at 1248 S. Highway 191 would be home to an apartment complex for up to 138 units – 111 that would be deed restricted as part of Grand County’s high-density housing ordinance. Photo by Doug McMurdo

Despite reducing the scope of a planned apartment complex by more than 70 units, the proposed View Gate Terrace affordable housing subdivision planned for 1248 South Highway 191 has stalled due to a number of concerns raised by public officials and people who live near the project.

The location is on a particularly busy stretch of the highway south of downtown and there are no controls in place at the moment despite the nearly finished construction of the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel. Water quality and quantity, compromised views and other issues have also been raised.

The Grand County Council at its meeting earlier this month briefly discussed the nearly 20-acre project, which has been reduced from more than 200 units to fewer than 140, with the same number of buildings, seven, now reduced in height from four stories to three stories for five buildings, and to two stories for two others behind the hotel.

That was one of several concessions the developer made in an effort to move forward. Of the 138 units now proposed for construction, 111 would need to be deed restricted to tenants qualified based on income and work status in order to comply with the county’s high-density housing overlay ordinance. Five multi-family buildings would be built at 35 feet in height and two at 24 feet.

Those concessions were not enough for the council to add it to the affordable housing ordinance. Still, some council members also voiced the belief the plan could be tweaked, but not so heavily it would have to go back to the Grand County Planning Commission for reconsideration.

The project, according to Grand County Community and Economic Development Director Zacharia Levine, meets the provisions contained in the recently approved high-density housing overlay district, which was enacted to help address a chronic shortage of affordable housing in Grand County.

The obstacles in the way stem from complaints of neighboring property owners who voiced the abovementioned concerns–which are shared by some members of the council.

The developer agreed to postpone action on applying the affordable housing ordinance to the parcel at 1248 S. Highway 191 and the project’s associated master plan and development agreement.