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P&Z mostly pleased with latest Meadows design

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Planning and Zoning Commission netted another peek Tuesday at the newest incarnation of the Glenwood Meadows commercial development proposal.Commission members raised some questions about the revamped design. But overall, their comments were complimentary and commissioners seemed to appreciate work done on the proposed shopping center. There were, however, some questions asked of representatives of Englewood-based retail developing company Miller-Weingarten, including the apparent lack of bicycle access within the development. There’s a trail that goes by Glenwood Meadows, but Planning Commissioner Russell Brown asked why there’s no room for bicycles on the interior streets. “It looks like if I’m riding there, I’m contending with traffic,” Brown said. Miller-Weingarten vice president Kirk Beardsley acknowledged that Brown’s observation was correct.”There’s a different protocol for bicycle traffic in an urban area than in a rural area,” he said. “In urban areas, it’s unsafe to stripe a bike lane so as not to afford an unreal sense of security.”Other questions were aimed at the separated placement of the proposed Lowe’s home improvement store in relation to other parts of the development. “It all pertains to the market conditions,” Beardsley said. “Not too many people will get a sheet of plywood and a haircut.”Planning Commissioner David Sturges questioned the narrow width of Wulfsohn Road. Beardsley said “traffic-calming features” will keep vehicles moving slowly. The appearance of the large retail spaces was also a concern expressed by some of the commissioners. Beardsley said the buildings’ backsides will be broken up by colored masonry, varying wall heights and vegetation. “The back of the building is broken up by vertical and horizontal treatments,” company president Skip Miller said. “I think those will be broken up in a very proper way.”No decisions were made at Tuesday’s conceptual review. Glenwood Meadows will be up for official review by the planning commission in August.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com

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