Line is drawn in sand at Meadows
Call it the battle of the budge.
Skip Miller, president of Miller-Weingarten, told the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 27 he would not budge on two key parts of the proposed Glenwood Meadows development.
First, the developers claim no wiggle room on the suggested “wrap” of separate retail stores around the planned Lowe’s big box. Also, a line in the sand was drawn regarding planned apartments above retail outlets along what will be called Market Street.
Council members have stated repeatedly in previous meetings that they want wraps, and not the kind with turkey and sprouts. The direction to the developers has been to provide a softer look, if you will, to the massive stores. A Target and Lowe’s are tentatively planned.
In addition, colorful schematics presented to council have included an attractive main street design, featuring a combination of retail and residential. The look was almost cozy.
It appears the wraps and main street residential are out. This is unfortunate.
After months of review and discussions between city officials and the Dunrene Group and Miller-Weingarten, two items that have been identified as important and desirable by the Glenwood community have been tabled. Well, depending on how you look at it.
Skip Miller says his company plans to “wrap” the Lowe’s store with its garden center to break up the building’s size. In the summer season when flowers abound, that certainly may be attractive. But what about the many months when the gardening center is not in use? Will it become a storage facility?
The developers now explain there will not be enough parking to build residential above retail on Market Street and the combination is simply not financially feasible. This is disappointing.
Glenwood Meadows developers are seeking an assortment of variances on the project, including a variance on the Lowe’s wrap and the elimination of the mixed use.
The planning and zoning board, council, city staff and local residents have put far too much into the project to not have it meet their objectives and vision for Glenwood.
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