Apartments planned on Monument St. lot

       An apartment building is proposed on a vacant 1.83-acre lot in the 600 block of Monument Street.

Photo looks southwest on the 1.83-acre Gabion site, with the buildings on Monument Street visible in the background. The 20-unit apartment building would be constructed in this general area of the property.
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       A development plan for the three-story, 20-unit Gabion Apartments project was recently submitted to City Land Use Review by Springs Engineering on behalf of the land owner, Pueblo Bank & Trust.
       Developer Eddie Bishop said his group decided on this type of project “because of the market right now and the needs of the city for new urban housing options convenient to the downtown.” An attraction for the site is the views to the east from its hillside location between Manitou Boulevard and Cooper Avenue.
       According to a project description by Ryan Lloyd of Echo Architecture, the proposed development is well within the city's maximum tolerances for height, density and amount of property being built on. The construction will occur on an “existing flat spot on an otherwise hilly site,” the description continues. “Its placement is such that the building has very little impact on the neighbors. The building coverage is only 12 percent, and it sits nearly 200 feet from the street and over 100 feet from the nearest building.”
       The design is intended to match the “mid-century” style in that part of the avenue, using brick, wood, stucco and metal in what Bishop described as a “sustainable, green project.”
       Apartments are allowed under the existing Office/Residential zoning, but as a “conditional use” in that zone. As a result, final approval will be needed by the City Planning Commis-sion, Bishop said.
       Before that, staff from different city departments will have a chance to study and comment on the submittal. Bishop said that depending on what comes out of that review, he is hopeful of Gabion getting on the agenda of the May commission meeting.
       Bishop and Lloyd showed the plan at a meeting of the board of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) April 11. Board members and neighbors asked questions, but no outright opposition was heard. The main concerns were traffic (developers said the project is too small to require a traffic study) and land stability (a soils report will be prepared).
       Another neighborhood meeting will be held, according to Mike Schultz of Land Use Review.
       The public can comment on it by calling the city at 385-5382.

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