Uintah Bluffs developer unable to mollify nearest resident at meeting
At a neighborhood meeting Dec. 20, Matt Craddock offered to work with people on any issues they had with his proposed 52-unit Uintah Bluffs townhome development atop the Mesa south of Uintah Street.
But it was unclear how he might placate Ivars Mankovs, whose house is right next to the planned private drive off Manitou Boulevard that would be the sole access point for Uintah Bluffs residents.
In addition, plans include construction of a trailhead with parking next to the access point - which Mankovs also is unhappy with.
“I'll have asphalt on three sides of me,” he said, referring also to existing Monument Street and Manitou Boulevard.
Craddock spent most of the lightly attended, roughly one-hour meeting at the Westside Community Center talking about what he believes are positive aspects of the development. Unlike previous plans from 2007 and 2009, the new proposal by Craddock (doing business as “Uintah Bluffs LLC”) envisions far less grading, a shorter private road, more economical use of buildable space with fourplex construction and scant involvement with unstable soils. For example, the earlier plans had called for 40-foot retaining walls, while the tallest in the new plan is just 4 feet, Craddock noted.
The development will include private parks for the residents, as well as a “preservation area” that's as big as the built area, plans show.
Images he presented at the meeting included possible fourplex designs for two- and three-bedroom homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range.
The Uintah Bluffs plan will likely go before City Planning Commission in March.
The new layout was termed an improvement by Mike Schultz of City Land Use Review. He referred to aspects of the previous plans (prepared for the LLC by a consultant who has since moved away) as “overextended” and even “silly.”
But Mankovs raised other concerns. These included:
Craddock's response was that no “quid pro quo” agreement had ever been reached on that. Schultz added that he believes City Parks' “interest has dimmed” on the link concept, mainly because of the steep slope between the mesa and the park.
But that statement was contested by another meeting attendee, Ian Kalmanowitz, who lives in the neighborhood and is also chair of the city's Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee. Craddock told Kalmanowitz he would be “happy to work with you” on a link. “TOPS can have at it,” he said.
Talking to Craddock after the meeting, Mankovs invited the developer to his house so he could get an idea of what his vantage point is like. “I'll be there,” Craddock said.
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