Neighbors register complaints about proposed bank drive-thru
Polo Park neighborhood residents are putting their money on an appeal to add conditions to a proposed bank and office building near Safeway. They say the bank’s drive-thru and landscape plans are not acceptable and will negatively impact their homes and neighborhood. The issue comes up for debate at Thursday’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting.The building is planned at what is now the J.V. Rose residence on the west side of Grand Avenue between 19th and 20th streets, just north of Safeway. Glenwood Springs officials received three letters of appeal from neighbors requesting that several conditions be added to the Planning and Zoning Commission’s special use permit approval. The letters were drafted by Vickie and Terry Burke, Victoria and Nigel Dagnall and Andrea Palm-Porter. Each of the appellants’ homes are close to the proposed bank’s drive-thru teller area. “The negative impacts of this development will significantly affect our quality of life and our property values, as well as have a detrimental impact on our neighborhood,” Vickie and Terry Burke wrote. Palm-Porter, who lives at the corner of Park Drive and Highway 82, said her main problems with the plan are the likelihood of increased traffic, the placement of a gate restricting access to the bank lot and an eight-foot wall she said was originally promised by developers, then taken away. “WestStar Bank has agreed on things, then taken them away,” she said.The placement of the gate, she said, will affect whether people use the bank’s lot as an access to Safeway, which would create more traffic near her home. The building was recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 25 meeting, but the final decision rests with council. According to a City Council Action Report written by city planner Jill Peterson, council has two avenues for each appeal: either affirm the P&Z decision, or deny it. Specific concerns cited in the letters of appeal included lighting, vegetation, signage, vehicle access and traffic mitigation. The Burkes requested two additional conditions be added to the P&Z board’s nine existing conditions: that two mature trees must be planted between the building and their backyard and that the drive-thru must be closed on Saturday.Conditions proposed in the other letters included restricting construction hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., adding a brick wall between the drive-thru and the neighborhood to reduce vehicle emissions, and adding more light and sign restrictions. The item comes up as part of the planning items on council’s agenda. The meeting, the last City Council meeting at the old City Hall, 806 Cooper Ave., starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
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