Ping Apartments project is still happening in Eagle
EAGLE — The site where the Ping Hotel once stood, at the high visibility intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Capitol Street in Eagle, is largely vacant today but the developer who has proposed building a high density residential project at the location says his plans are still in the works.
He just needs a bit more time.
Jim Mines attended the Aug. 9 Eagle Town Board meeting to request an extension of the 2014 Special Use Permit the town granted to allow the apartment project. He said his financial partners for the project remain committed, but they wanted to hold off on building until the extensive Eby Creek Road improvements were completed.
“Improvements and road construction on Highway 6 impacted the development of the site plan,” said Mines in a June letter to the town. “Final architectural and construction documents have to be completed to finalize a construction budget. We are actively working on designing these buildings but want to assure that we do not run out of time prior to obtaining development plan/building permit approval.”
Mines’ letter refers to the next two stages of town review, which will include hearings before both the town board and the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.
Twenty-two new rental units
The current plan for the Ping Apartments calls for 22 rental units in two buildings with all parking accommodated on the site. An initial plan for the project featured 58 units, but that proposal was downsized to reflect neighborhood, access, parking and landscaping issues.
Town Planned Tom Boni noted that Mines is actively working with staff on the project. “He is early (to request a special use permit extension) but he doesn’t want to be caught off guard with the extension,” said Boni. “We are hoping that the project will move forward.”
Mines assured the town board that it will. “The property purchase was completed and is owned outright,” he stated in letter.
Do some demo
During their discussion, members of the Eagle Town Board were agreeable to the extension with one caveat. They asked Mines to complete demolition of the existing structures at the site.
“I think that’s a good idea, too. It’s an eyesore and it is a safety thing, too,” Mines replied.
The town board took official action on Mines request at its Aug. 23 meeting and instructed the town attorney to draft a resolution extending the special use permit on the condition that the developer completes the demolition work prior to the expiration of the previous permit, which will happen in February 2017.
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