Development rights extended for Glenwood auto dealership
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Development rights for a new automobile dealership at Highway 6 and Devereux Road, which was approved three years ago but fell victim to the recession, will be extended for another three years.
However, some Glenwood Springs City Council members are not so sure about giving up a small piece of land that was to be dedicated to the city by the developer to accommodate intersection improvements.
When the planned Volvo auto dealership was approved in May 2008, the applicant, Krisujen Realty LP of Glenwood Springs, agreed to dedicate a 1,500 square-foot corner section of the property to provide space for a roundabout at the intersection.
City engineers later determined that a roundabout would not work at that location, and the plan was scrapped. So, in asking for the development approvals to be renewed, Krisujen Realty also requested the land dedication be removed as a requirement.
“This was a voluntary action on the part of the applicant at the time, and not a condition of approval,” said Hal Dishler, an attorney representing the property owners, at the Thursday evening council meeting.
Most city council members appeared willing to give up the land dedication as part of the extension request. But Mayor Bruce Christensen, along with council members Russ Arensman and Shelley Kaup, said the city may want to hang onto the property “for future transportation needs.”
There was some question, however, whether the dedication agreement was specific to the future construction of a roundabout, or whether the land could be used for something else. Council directed city staff to clarify the intent and report back at a later meeting.
Otherwise, council agreed to extend vested rights for the special use permit and development plan, allowing a 16,422 square-foot auto dealership, until May of 2014.
“We lost Volvo as a franchise soon after we received the approvals,” Dishler said. “But the owner would like to keep the options open for another dealership.”
Council also granted the developer’s request to delay construction of a 215-foot-long sidewalk along the south side of Highway 6 until it is needed.
Since the sidewalk would essentially dead-end until the neighboring property to the west is developed, Councilman Arensman suggested collecting a fee in lieu and building a sidewalk instead on the east side of Devereux Road, connecting to the new pedestrian bridge across Interstate 70. Dishler said he would discuss that possibility with his client.
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