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City to review a proposal for 57 townhomes north of Wal-mart

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

City officials will consider 57 townhome units in an undeveloped tract of land north of Wal-Mart, and about 103 possible acres of new city land.A development proposal for what could be called the Palmer Hill Townhomes goes before the Glenwood Springs City Council for conceptual review tonight. Conceptual reviews are meant to provide insight on proposals and don’t require formal action by city government.The plans call for 57 townhome units grouped into nine separate clusters, with 18 possible “accessory dwelling units” inside the townhomes, according to a city staff report on the request for conceptual review. The townhome clusters would flank Palmer Avenue, with Wal-Mart to the south of the property, single-family residences and Oakhurst Townhomes to the west, and the city limits to the east.The city report says two options were presented for extending Palmer Avenue. Two lanes could be extended from 26th Street to Blake Avenue, or a one-way road could connect from 26th street south to a roundabout inside the townhome site.The roundabout option “is being proposed in response to concerns about through traffic from existing Oakhurst residents north of the site on Palmer Avenue,” the report says.The townhomes would go on two parcels of land on both sides of Palmer Avenue totaling about 6.37 acres. But there’s also a 103-acre parcel next to those and outside the city limits.”The intent is to deed (the 103-acre parcel) over to the city of Glenwood Springs for a park, open space and access to public lands,” a letter to the city states.Jordan Architecture Inc. submitted the request for conceptual review to Glenwood Springs on behalf of applicant David Rippy and property owners Mary Anne Taylor and Jerry H. Hammer.”We feel that this development will add to the character of this neighborhood while providing additional needed housing for the area,” the request states. “The development is being designed to fit within the architecture of the surrounding area and will ‘update’ the neighborhood, in preparation of further development in this area. Our intent is to develop this property to complement the area and establish a quality project to use as the standard for future development.”Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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