120-unit townhome project going up on 21st St.

       Townhome construction has been underway this fall on the Bear Creek Villas (also known as Villas at Bear Creek), one of the highest density developments this year on the Westside.
       The project, located in the 1600 block of South 21st Street between Rio Grande Street and Lower Gold Camp Road, will consist of 120 units in 12 two-story buildings on 7.4 acres. The city-approved plans indicate that 90 of the units will have garages.
       The owner/developer is listed with the Assessor's Office as Infinity General Contractors, Inc. Two other property-owning companies whose names start with “Infinity” (Infinity Construction & Development Inc. and Infinity Holding Company LLC) also have the same address: 2760 Brogans Bluff.
       Construction on Bear Creek Villas is expected to be finished next year, according to development information provided to the City Planning Office.
       The streets within Villas will not connect to neighboring residential streets, according to the plan. The main access will be from a right-in, right-out entrance on 21st Street that is shared with the retirement home just to the south.
       The other access will be from Rio Grande Street, via an easement agreement, also with the retirement home. This access was a bone of contention in the planning stages for residents of the existing (but fairly new) Crown Hill Mesa single-family homes just east of the Villas project, because the road right of way is close to their lot lines.
       In statements to the city, Crown Hill residents also complained that Villa's two-story buildings - called “stacked condominiums” in planning parlance - would block their views and that the density could lead to crime problems.
       A statement from Infinity, filed with City Planning, defends the project: “The buildings are buried as low on the hillside site as possible to eliminate… visual impacts… (The development) will not create a negative effect on traffic circulation for surrounding neighborhoods.”

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