Glenwood Springs declines to eliminate Cardiff ‘Roundhouse’
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City Council denied a request to do away with the so-called “Roundhouse” community center requirement for the Cardiff Glen subdivision near the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.
Council was split 3-3 in voting at its March 17 meeting on a motion by council member Dave Sturges to grant the request. But the door remains open for the proponents to renew the request at a later time.
The “Roundhouse” was part of the open space requirement when the Cardiff Glen subdivision was approved by the city in 1999.
The facility was to include amenities such as meeting space and a swimming pool, and was to be built at what’s now Grand River Park as part of the final phase of the Cardiff development.
U.S. Bank now owns the last undeveloped lots in the subdivision, after it foreclosed on the developer, Village Homes. Whoever develops those lots would be required to build the Roundhouse, according to the original agreement.
However, neither the bank nor the various homeowners associations at Cardiff Glen want to be burdened with the expense of building and ultimately operating a facility they believe is unneeded at this point.
“The homeowners don’t want the Roundhouse, and we’re just trying to clean up what the developer left behind,” said Dan Minzer, attorney for U.S. Bank. “If you don’t eliminate it, we just end up in a stalemate.”
To make up for the loss of a public amenity, the bank had agreed to a monetary settlement with the homeowners, the amount of which was not disclosed.
That money, and how it will be used by the homeowners, was at question in City Council’s decision to deny the Roundhouse request.
When the matter was continued from a Dec. 16, 2010, meeting, some City Council members wanted assurances that the money would be used for public amenities, and not just go into the general funds of the HOAs.
However, an attorney for two of the three HOAs at Cardiff Glen said the homeowners could not provide specifics at this time.
“It is the association’s intention to spend the proceeds in park improvements,” their attorney, Rob Gavrell, said at last week’s meeting. “But it’s fair to say they’re not entirely sure what that will be at this time.”
Mayor Bruce Christensen said he would need specifics as to where the money will be spent before agreeing to eliminate the Roundhouse requirement. He suggested a smaller-scale community center instead.
“We’re not asking that the Roundhouse be built as it was originally envisioned,” he said.
Council members Russ Arensman and Shelley Kaup agreed there is still a need for a neighborhood gathering center of some sort.
“You still have people there who bought into the neighborhood and invested there based on some of these amenities,” Kaup said. “To relax those requirements for short-term monetary gain, without a significant and firm commitment … I can’t with good conscience approve that.”
Council members Stephen Bershenyi and Matt Steckler supported Sturges in his motion to remove the Roundhouse requirement.
One council member, Leo McKinney, had to step down from the continued discussion after he missed the initial meeting in December. If the request is renewed, he would be allowed to participate.
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