Carbondale’s Keator Road project is `Bair’-ly the same as its predecessor |

Carbondale’s Keator Road project is `Bair’-ly the same as its predecessor

The former Bair Ranch subdivision in Carbondale is back, but it’s not quite the bruin it was in 2000.

Now called the Keator Road planned unit development, the project on Highway 133 calls for 54 housing units on 5.6 acres, said project attorney David Myler. This compares to 85 units in the previous plan, which the Carbondale Board of Trustees approved, but residents overturned in a special election.

Myler wouldn’t release the names of the members of Graceland Partners LLC, which is doing the project, other than to say several were involved with Bair Ranch. Myler is the corporation’s registered agent, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.

“We have a fresh start and different approach,” Myler said.

Myler said Keator Ranch will have 38 or 39 single-family lots, and four four-plexes, all of which Graceland Partners will build itself.

“Our objective is to offer houses for the first-time buyer,” said Myler, who declined to give a price range.

Myler hesitated to use the term “modular housing,” but said there will probably be some “off-site” manufactured components.

“We have an architect who has a lot of experience with off-site design. You’ll see a lot of detail in the product design,” he said.

In accordance with Carbondale’s affordable-housing ordinance, eight units will be deed restricted, and reserved for buyers who earn 65 to 150 percent of the average median income, as determined by the Garfield County Housing Authority, said town planner Janet Buck.

That means the lowest priced affordable-housing unit would sell for $98,279, Buck said.

Buck said the single-family building sites will range from 2,300 square feet to 3,373 square feet. “Many of the single-family dwellings will front on a common open-space area,” she said.

The property, located on the west side of Highway 133 between Main Street and River Valley Ranch, is outside the town limits, and must be annexed.

Buck said the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss the annexation and development applications at its Nov. 21 meeting. She expects the application to go before the Board of Trustees on Nov. 26.

Major issues include improvements to Highway 133, a transportation improvement fee, open space dedications, fiscal impacts to the town and occupancy limits, Buck said.

Myler said Graceland Partners has the property under contract, and the owner is the nonprofit Mountain Regional Housing Corporation, which is the former Carbondale Affordable Housing Corp.

The Carbondale Affordable Housing Corp. bought the property in 2000 and hoped to build Bair Ranch, a mix of free-market and deed-restricted housing. Many property owners in the area protested the high density of Bair Ranch.

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