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P&Z hears new plan for controversial Carbondale site

John Stroudjstroud@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado Carbondales Planning and Zoning Commission takes its first look tonight at the new plan for a controversial piece of commercial property lining the west side of Highway 133 north of Main Street.The commission opens its public hearing for the Village at Crystal River planned unit development, a proposed mixed-use commercial and residential project on the 24-acre site that was approved in 2003 for the Crystal River Marketplace.Citizens petitioned to put the 230,000 square-foot commercial development on the ballot. The project, which would have included a 125,000 square-foot big box anchor store, was rejected by town voters.New developer Rich Schierburg proposes a total of 125,000 square feet of commercial space, the largest single store space being a 60,000 square-foot grocery store anchor on the north end of the property.The plan also includes up to 16,000 square feet of office space, and up to 280 townhouses and condominiums and 22 apartments/employee housing units.The proposal is in line with the recommendations of the Carbondale Economic Roadmap Group, which was formed in the aftermath of the Marketplace referendum. Carbondale Community Development Director Doug Dotson said P&Z will give the applicant an opportunity to make a thorough presentation tonight before opening the meeting up to some questions of clarification from P&Z members and citizens.The public hearing is expected to be continued for several meetings in May. Tonights meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. It will also be televised live on local Cable Channel 12.Contact John Stroud: 384-9160jstroud@postindependent.com

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