Homes may appeal to train enthusiasts
Maybe they can market it to train buffs.A 17-home project near Overlin Drive in Glenwood Springs would create some unique challenges because of its proximity to the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.”The railroad obviously has an impact on the property and building techniques are being investigated that may help mitigate railroad noise within the residences,” Ron Liston, the planner for the property owners, wrote to city staff.City Council is scheduled to conduct a conceptual review of the project at its meeting tonight.The project would consist of three triplex and four duplex buildings on a 3.3-acre, triangular-shaped property off Overlin Drive, and also bounded by Midland Avenue and the railroad.Two acres are owned by Glenwood Meadows LLC, and the rest of the property is owned by Joseph and Ruth Kaplan. The Glenwood Meadows property is part of Garfield County but is being annexed to the city. Each home would have three bedrooms and a private rear patio or deck.Liston addressed the nearness of the train tracks at some length in his memo to the city.”Some buyers will clearly not choose to purchase at Overlin Park due to the railroad noise but we believe there will be numerous potential residents that will find the park-like quality of the developed site and its convenient inner city location to be a highly desirable residential setting,” he wrote.”There will also be a handful of future buyers that will relax on their patios, content with the opportunity to watch passing trains and responding to the wave of the ever-friendly engineers.”The homes are required to be set back at least 50 feet from the railroad right of way.In general, however, building homes near railroad tracks is more a consideration for developers than for the city, city manager Jeff Hecksel said.In terms of the homes’ marketability, “I guess if you love to look at trains it’s the best thing going. If you don’t, maybe it isn’t,” he said.Other nearby homes already are close to the tracks, as are other homes in town. Hecksel lives in Glenwood Park and notes that even there, he can hear trains. He also found interesting Liston’s observation that having tracks nearby would sometimes help mask noise from nearby Interstate 70.Liston wrote, “Our experience at the site suggests that although one will be very aware of a passing train, conversations on patios will likely only be mildly interrupted during the passing of an accelerating diesel engine while the subdued clacking of the coal cars creates not much more than a rhythmic interruption to the ever-present drone of traffic on I-70 a half mile away.”
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