New plans lobbed for racquet club site after sale
Tumbleweeds breeze noiselessly across the baselines of the caged, decaying tennis courts. Moldering nets sag sadly across each court, separating mullein sprouts that are slowly squeezing through thin breaks in the courts’ green surfaces.
The swimming pool, long-since drained, is now a bright hole with peeling paint, more resembling a giant birdbath than a recreational amenity. Its rolled-up cover slumps broken into the deep end where children once splashed and played under the hot summer sun.
The once-vibrant Sunlight Racquet Club is closed and locked. Now a vestige from the past, the building awaits its bulldozer fate like a prisoner on death row.
But developers have plans to revitalize the property.
The 4.3-acre parcel was purchased Sept. 9 by Mineral Road LLC and Riverview Sunlight Ventures LLC for $2 million. While exact plans for the lot haven’t been publicly released yet, Bray and Company commercial real estate broker Klaus Schattleitner, who sold the property, provided some insight on the land’s possible future incarnation.
“The plan is a mixed-use facility, mainly condos, apartments and offices,” he said.
Retail stores could also be part of the design, he added. “It all depends on the first go-round with the city,” he said.
One very unique detail about the parcel is its zoning. The property, located at the intersection of 27th Street and Midland Avenue, is one of two pieces in the city zoned as “commercial-tourism.” With this zoning, he said, developers could, by right, build 70 percent of a structure’s footprint up to 60 feet high.
Schattleitner, a resident of Glenwood Springs since 1970, said he’s seen the conceptual plan for the land and believes it would be a good addition to the city.
“It looks good. There’s a lot of underground parking,” he said, adding that a public fishing area could also be developed along its prized Roaring Fork River frontage.
The purchasers of the property could not be reached for comment.
Schattleitner also said buyers also have tentative plans for around 30 affordable housing units on the property, as well as employee housing.
“They are a solid group of people. They’re good buyers and good developers,” he said. “The big challenge is to go through the hoops with the city.”
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