Developer wants Edwards open space lifted
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EDWARDS, Colorado ” Developers want to remove open space restrictions on 7.3 acres of land in downtown Edwards, a change that could resurrect a luxury condo project planned for the area last year.
Remonov and Co. proposed the Edwards Condominiums in 2007, a project that included a mix of multi-million dollar homes and retail. Developers said they wanted to create a “landmark” building in downtown Edwards with a modern design by high-profile architect Daniel Libeskind.
However, it ended up that the tracts of land had restrictions marking the land for open space, and developers withdrew the project late last year.
The project was also opposed by some Edwards residents who worried the building would be an eyesore and not blend in with the downtown area.
Now Remonov partner Rick Mueller is asking county commissioners to remove the open space restrictions on the land. Commissioners will hear the request at next Tuesday’s meeting.
The project would have built 56 homes on 4.5 acres behind Edwards Corner. Developers also planned build 36 affordable homes on “Tract K,” a piece of land behind the Edwards Post Office and ambulance station.
Community plans and the original plot notes on the land designate it as open space, while the land for affordable housing is restricted to use for fire station access and drainage, said County Planning Manager Bob Narracci.
“As of now, no buildings can be built on (those tracts),” he said.
The project may also get some resistance from the Eagle River Fire Department ” the fire station is located just east of “Track K,” where the developers wanted to build affordable housing.
The fire station currently has road access through Tract K, and Fire Chief Charlie Moore said he worries that such a dense development would restrict fire trucks going in and out.
Moore said he’s spoken with Mueller, and that the fire district hasn’t made an official decision on whether or not they will oppose the project.
“But I can tell you, I will jealously guard my ability to get truck in and out of the station,” Moore said.
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