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Apartments, affordable housing on table tonight in Glenwood Springs

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Peter Waller will pitch a plan to the City Council tonight to add four one-bedroom apartments in a carriage house behind a renovated apartment house at 1008 Colorado Ave.

A letter from the property owners Wack LLC says they’ve worked to improve the property since buying it in June 2007. Owners did major repairs including repairing the foundation and walls, lifting the porch to its original height, demolishing a storage building and deck and repainting.

Wack LLC’s owners include John and Marianne Ackerman, and Peter and Regina Waller.



After cleaning up the property, the owners thought the now-vacant space could help meet high demand for rental housing downtown. They worked with city officials and agreed on four small one-bedroom apartments with laundry on the site.

“We think our plan, which focuses on preserving the original building and enhancing the site with a carriage house style apartment building to the rear, is the best use of this property as it is zoned,” the letter says.



The owners couldn’t be immediately reached. Plans for the addition include a common patio area, a fenced-in Dumpster and a basement for storage.

But the owners’ letter says neighbors have “strongly stated their concerns” about the plans despite giving positive feedback about the current efforts to renew the historic building. Concerns about the addition include parking, density, management of the property, devaluation of the neighborhood and code issues.

The owners contend that the property is within the general improvement district so it is exempt from off-street parking requirements.

“The GID is not a secret and was adopted to allow more density in the downtown core,” the letter says. “If parking is really a problem, one option is for the city to change the parking on the street from parallel to diagonal …”

The letter says density is a good thing to fill the downtown core and many young professionals need rental housing here. Owners said the improvements to the existing building and the new apartments would increase the value of the neighborhood.

The letter ends by saying the addition of the four one-bedrooms apartments in a carriage house is “the right thing to do to support housing in the downtown area.

“We know that some people do not like the idea, but we feel that we are being responsible stewards for Glenwood Springs by adding this much needed, quality affordable housing project in the downtown core,” the letter says.

The City Council will also consider tonight changing requirements for its affordable housing program. Currently, guidelines say only employees who work in Glenwood Springs can purchase an affordable housing unit. City staff recommended expanding that to cover the 81601 ZIP code and to include employees working for a branch office instead of a main office in the city, according to a planning department report.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

pfowler@postindependent.com

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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