Meadows team seeks permit, variances
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The team of developers behind the largest commercial project in the city’s history waited their turn in City Council Chambers Wednesday to present designs for Lowe’s and Target stores at Glenwood Meadows.The presentations to the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission were aimed at winning the board’s recommendation for approval of a major development permit and related variances from the original Meadows annexation agreement.Wednesday’s special commission meeting was the first of up to three special meetings on Glenwood Meadows. The next meeting is set for Sept. 9 and another one could be held Sept. 10 if necessary.Most of the measures must also be approved by City Council before developers can break ground on the big-box retail project.Meadows owner Robert Macgregor of Dunrene Group and his team, staff from commercial development company Miller-Weingarten of Englewood, and executives from Target and Lowe’s presented their plans and ideas for the marketplace. Skip Miller, president of Miller-Weingarten, said he would not budge on two key parts of the project’s design under dispute:-The proposed “wrap” of a separate retail store as part of the building slated to hold Lowe’s. -The requirement to places offices and apartments above retail outlets along what is to be called Market Street. Miller-Weingarten has requested variances from the commission on these two items and several others. According to the conditions of annexation inked by Glenwood Meadows and the city last year, all stores larger than 60,000 square feet are required to have “wraps,” or separate businesses attached to the larger store. The purpose is to break up the boxy appearance of the larger store and generate more pedestrian traffic in the area. Miller said his company’s plan is to wrap the Lowe’s home improvement store with the store’s garden center and break up the rest of the building’s massiveness with creative architecture.The planning commission, however, would still like to see other businesses wrapped around the Lowe’s store. “The problem is, the whole wrap concept is more of a design thing,” city planner Patti Haefli said.She said in strictly architectural terms, Miller-Weingarten has a valid argument that the intent of the wrap concept is met. But as far as wrap stores generating additional pedestrian movement, the Lowe’s wrap could be out of compliance, she said. Miller also explained his reasons for declining to build 20 second-story dwellings above retail stores along Market Street. Miller said there isn’t enough parking for both retail and residential development along Market Street. “We believe that whatever we add at the top, we’d have to take off on the bottom,” he said.”We’ve done enough of these villages to know it’s not functional,” he added. Haefli said the 20 units required to be built in the core area will likely be added into the next phase and won’t be built as part of the Miller-Weingarten development. At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Miller said it would be economically unfeasible to comply with the wrap and second-story apartment annexation conditions.”I don’t think we’re going to show up on the 9th with any differences,” he said. Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning commission action requested for Glenwood Meadows commercial development:-Major development permit.-Special use permits for 45-foot-high design feature at the Lowe’s main entrance and a 55-foot tower at Target.-Zoning variances from setback requirements and parking standards.-Design variances for parking lots. -Design variances for screening rooftop mechanical and utility equipment and mechanical and utility setbacks on the ground.-Design variances eliminating the mixed use and two-story elevation requirements on Market Street.-Design variance exempting Lowe’s from wrapping the side of its building with another retail store.
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