Moratorium on South Glenwood development extended
A moratorium on new development applications in the south Glenwood Springs has been extended for another six months in order to allow the city more time to get an action plan together to address infrastructure needs in the area.
City Council last week agreed to continue the city’s policy of not accepting applications for new residential or commercial development along the Midland Avenue corridor from Eighth Street south, until Nov. 30.
The idea when the moratorium was first put in place last November was to allow the city to come up with a financial and phased construction plan to address needed Midland Avenue upgrades and replacement of the 27th Street bridge.
Also looming on the horizon is the much larger, and much more expensive South Bridge route and connection across the Roaring Fork River to Colorado 82 south of Glenwood Springs.
With a collective price of something in the range of $70 million to complete all three projects, the city is still in the process of working with Garfield County and state transportation officials on a possible funding scheme.
Progress is being made, though, Mayor Michael Gamba noted as council unanimously approved the six-month moratorium extension.
The city expects to have the 27th Street bridge design completed by the end of the year, and the final South Bridge environmental assessment should wrap up by then as well. The city has also budgeted to have a 30 percent design for the South Midland Avenue reconstruction this year.
At the time that the halt on new development applications was put into place, three development proposals were already in the works that were not affected. One of those projects, an amendment to the previously approved 55-unit Silver Sage development allowing for the creation of several rental units for the Roaring Fork Schools teacher housing program, has since been approved.
Another proposal seeking a 71-unit apartment project on Midland Avenue north of 27th Street was rejected by the city, and a proposed 105-unit apartment project east of 82 at 27th Street is still winding its way through the city review process.
Those projects, coupled with Garfield County’s previous approvals for 291 new residences outside city limits up the Four Mile Road corridor, can be expected to add at least another 3,000 vehicles per day to the south Glenwood street network, according to city officials.
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