Edwards residents angry about condos | VailDaily.com

Edwards residents angry about condos

Alison Miller
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyA developer wants to build a 50-unit condominium building on the site colored orange. Tract K is where a roundabout has been proposed.

EDWARDS ” Two projects have homeowners in Edwards worried their town will resemble something very different if they are built.

Local developer Rick Mueller wants to build a 50-unit condominium building with underground parking on the hill behind and to the east of the Edwards Corner shopping center.

The project is still in the first round of planning, and no details have been finalized said Bob Narracci, planning manager for Eagle County.

Homestead homeowner Anna Menz said Mueller should consider scaling down his project if he wants to build it in Edwards.

“The building is just atrocious,” Menz said. “It looks like a space ship or something that belongs in Miami.”

The initial plans residents were shown at their May 11 neighborhood meeting show the exterior of the building will be made out of environmentally friendly insulated glass and aluminum, and it will have a green roof, according to the planning file.

That’s not at all consistent with the overall appearance of Edwards, said Homestead resident Steve Trush.

Trush and other residents are worried about their property values and traffic in the area if the condos are built, he said.

“Homestead is a neat community and this project could have some harsh effects on the area,” Trush said.

The first illustration that was presented to residents is not what the final building will look like, said Kristin Williams, consultant for Aloft Inc., which wants to build the Edwards condominiums.

“What residents have seen so far is not an updated version of how the building will look,” Williams said. “We haven’t submitted anything new or final to the county, but the plans are changing.”

Rumors of a roundabout near the fire station to the west of Edwards Village Center that will bring a road through that housing area have also been circulated, causing concern for residents.

The roundabout is not part of the condominiums plan as first was thought by residents, Narracci said. The roundabout is for a separate west-end traffic project through the county, he said.

More information on both projects will be given in the coming months, Narracci said. Public information meetings and resident input meetings will be held before any final plans are submitted to the county commissioners for approval, Narracci said.

The Edwards condominiums developers will also hold many public meetings to present information and hear residents’ concerns, Williams said.

“We are starting to set up meetings with the homeowners associations, and we think our final project is going to be a tremendous benefit for the entire Edwards community,” Williams said.

Staff writer Alison Miller can be reached at 748-2928 or armiller@vaildaily.com.

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