Eagle trustee asks town to speed up review
EAGLE – It was an unusual request for the Eagle River Station project that’s already racked up years of town board review.
Tuesday night Eagle Town Board Trustee Yuri Kostick asked to speed up the process a bit.
After an evening spent looking at architectural elements, parking plans, landscaping standards and other details surrounding the large commercial-residential proposal planned at the eastern end of town, members of the Eagle Town Board noted that many of the plan particulars haven’t changed since the proposal was vetted during 2008 and 2009. For instance, the project still proposes 3.5 parking spaces for each 1,000 square feet of residential and building heights of up to 55 feet (four stories).
The general architectural styles have been tweaked but not totally redesigned, and landscaping particulars remain consistent with the previous proposal. The biggest difference in the plan relates to the elimination of for-sale housing units and a phasing proposal that leaves the southwestern portion of the property undeveloped until a second phase.
The proposal calls for an additional 150,000 square feet of commercial space of up to 300 additional residential units in the second phase. Additionally, the new plan has reconfigured the layout of retail buildings and parking areas.
However, in the coming months, Eagle River Station and the town will focus on the financial details and other make-it-or-break-it aspects of the deal, and Kostick suggested condensing the review of elements that haven’t changed in favor of spending more time on those aspects of the development plan.
Eagle River Station is a project proposed by Trinity RED Development of Kansas City, Mo., on the eastern end of town south of Interstate 70 and north of U.S. Highway 6. The 88-acre property would include 582,000 square feet of commercial space and 250 rental units in the first phase. Back in 2009, the town board approved a plan for the development but in a municipal election in January 2010, voters rejected the proposal. RED Development has since retooled the plan and resubmitted it to the town last May. This fall, members of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the revised Eagle River Station plan, clearing the way for the town board to begin its review of the project.
The next Eagle River Station hearing is slated at 6 p.m. Jan. 4.
Tuesday night also saw a massively reduced public comment crowd. Only three people offered comment – longtime Eagle River Station opponents Brandi Resa, Suzanne Shepard and Rosie Shearwood.