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Cardiff Glen homeowners and developer come to terms

One of the last remaining lots in the Cardiff Glen subdivision still to be developed into housing units is also slated for some common neighborhood improvements under a deal reached between homeowners and the developer.
John Stroud / Post Independent | Post Independent

Homeowners in the Cardiff Glen subdivision next to the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport have come to terms with the developer of several remaining lots regarding common space amenities, including improvements to the neighborhood’s central park.

An amendment to the original 1999 development plan approved Thursday by City Council does away with a requirement for the developer to build a “roundhouse” community center and possible swimming pool in Grand River Park, located near the main entrance.

The new plan, to be finalized between now and Feb. 1, obligates the developer of Lots 95 and 96, Cardiff 96, LLC partners Eric Fisher and Andi Pirzadeh, to construct several improvements in exchange for up to 29 new residential units.

Original approvals for Cardiff Glen also called for several public amenities and active open space on those two lots, located at the south end of the subdivision.

Under the new plan, to which two different homeowners groups in the subdivision agreed last week, the main park would see two pavilions and picnic facilities, benches, a relocated playground, additional on-street parking and landscaping.

One condition from the city for accepting the new development plan calls for no more than four units to be built on Lot 95, which would also see a variety of improvements. Those are to include three horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a gazebo with picnic table, designated parking and landscaping.

The neighboring Lot 96 can have up to 25 residential units along with active open space, under the newly approved plan.

Previous owners of the two lots attempted to develop them in 2007, but could not come to agreement with the homeowners on construction of the roundhouse.

“This authorizes us to proceed with our development plans and work out the final designs,” Pirzadeh said at the Aug. 20 City Council meeting. “This has been a long time coming, and it will be great to finalize things.”

Debbie Sanderson, speaking on behalf of the Cardiff Glen master homeowners association, also supported the revised development and common space plan.

“This has been going on since my first day on council, and I’m in favor of moving forward,” said Councilman Leo McKinney, whose Ward 5 includes Cardiff Glen.

“We’ve been watching an empty lot sit there for a long time, and clearly what was proposed in the PUD originally isn’t going to work,” McKinney said.


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