Demo begins for Signature Point at Kissing Camels

       Demolition has begun on the 18 half-century-old summer rental cottages lining a golf hole within the gated community of Kissing Camels.
       Slated in their place will be the Signature Point residential development: 17 year-round ranch-style homes on roughly quarter-acre lots. The plans were formulated by the Garden of the Gods Club LLC (an entity of the Sunrise Company, which bought Kissing Camels in 2007) and were approved by the city earlier this year.

A backhoe breaks up one of the 18 roughly 50-year-old cottages lining the ninth hole of the west golf course in the Kissing Camels gated community. The 17-lot Signature Point subdivision will be built in their place, with the first four homes to be constructed in 2012.
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       Demolition is expected to continue into December. Construction on the first four homes will begin in January, with completion by fall 2012, according to LLC sales associate Kristi Meacham.
       Built in the early 1960s, the cottage properties are owned by the club and had been rented out as recently as last summer.
       Proposals for upgrading Signature Point (off Kissing Camels Drive north of its access gate at Mesa Road) date back at least to 1992.
       A 2009 proposal had suggested 30 homes for Signature Point in place of the cottages. The first proposal to the city this year reduced the density to 17, but it still met with complaints from within the community at the April Planning Commission meeting.
       A key concern then was how to access the new subdivision. Eventually, a compromise was worked out to come in from from Kissing Camels Drive and position the road behind the tee boxes for the west golf course's ninth hole.
       City approvals allowing the project to go forward came from Planning Commission in May and City Council in June. Neither of those meetings had dissenting votes nor citizen objections.
       Dirk Gosda, president of the Colorado division of the multi-state Sunrise Company, said in a recent interview that while some affection existed in the community for the old cottages, they were getting on in age and the location - next to a golf course with a view of the mountains - would have higher value with modern, year-round homes.
       According to the LLC, buyer response has been favorable, with contracts already signed for the four lots on which the initial homes will be built, Meacham elaborated.

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