Public work complete in Crown Hill Mesa

       All public improvements (roads, storm drainage and utilities) have been completed on the Crown Hill Mesa housing development off Lower Gold Camp Road, according to JoAnn Helenberg of Crown Hill LLC, the development group.
       So the only remaining work is the construction of houses on the lots - most of which have already been sold to various area homebuilders, she said.
       “It's going well,” she told the Westside Pioneer this week. She said she worked with her husband, long-time area developer Chuck Helenberg, on the project.
       The 76-acre subdivision is adding 317 dwelling units to the Westside, according to paperwork on file in the Colorado Springs Planning Department.
       The subdivision, consisting mostly of single-family residences, is just east of the proposed 210-acre Gold Hill Mesa mixed-use subdivision - bordered by Lower Gold Camp, 21st Street and Highway 24 - and the existing Victoria Park townhome subdivision south of Lower Gold Camp.
       Originally approved in 1995, the bulk of the construction in Crown Hill Mesa has occurred over the past two years.
       New through roads resulting from the project include the extension of Gold Camp Road from Rio Grande to 21st Street and Costilla Street from its previous dead end west of Eighth Street west into Crown Hill Mesa.
       No roads are expected to connect Crown Hill and Gold Hill, Helenberg said, noting that her subdivision's main roads connect back to Lower Gold Camp.
       The current Crown Hill work (155 lots in Filings 4 and 5) goes to the boundary with the Gold Hill Mesa property, while the earlier filings were farther east, as well as north and south of Lower Gold Camp.
       The current lots average just under 9,000 square feet in size.
       The development includes a 5-acre park off Lower Gold Camp, which the city has not yet equipped with ground cover or equipment.
       Like Gold Hill Mesa, Crown Hill Mesa is located over a one-time gold-milling site, and as a result developers have had to contend with potentially unhealthy chemicals resulting from gold tailings in the soil. The Crown Hill Mesa solution was to truck in clean soil, 10-15 feet deep; Gold Hill Mesa's plan (as approved in its concept plan last year), is to put a thinner cover of clean soil but to disallow property-owner plantings.
       One part of the property, a roughly 3½-acre parcel northwest of Moreno Avenue and Rio Grande, will be left undeveloped for now. It is zoned for manufacturing, but plans for a facility there are “in a holding pattern,” Helenberg said.

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