Minturn Towne Homes approved |

Minturn Towne Homes approved

Tamara Miller

MINTURN – The third time was the charm for the Minturn Towne Home project, which finally received the town’s approval Wednesday night after weeks of trying to do so.Construction on the proposed 27-unit project was expected to begin Friday with hopes of having homes ready for occupancy by spring.Early on, nearby residents expressed concerns about the project’s size, location and impact on the surrounding neighborhood. The most vocal complaint made by residents and council members alike centered on the emergency access route to the complex. Initial designs would have forced large fire trucks to take a longer, roundabout route to the townhomes. The Town Council sent the developer, Minturn Development, back to the drawing board in early July. When the developer came back to the council in late July, it was discovered that public notice about the project had not been published in the Vail Daily on time. The law requires notices to be published 10 days before a council is scheduled to vote for approval. The project was sent back to the approval starting line.The development team returned Wednesday night with a modified design that expands the turning radius for those vehicles so that only ladder fire trucks will be forced to take the longer route. Public notice was published in time. The council approved the project 5-2. Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty and Councilman Tom Sullivan cast the opposing votes.The townhomes will be built on Minturn’s west side, near the entrance to town. Reservations have already been made on 16 of the 27 units, said Tom Banner, listing broker for Forbes Real Estate Group.”We’ve had great response,” he said. Each three-bedroom townhome ranges in size from 1,800 to 2,200 feet. All have a garage and range in price from $399,000 to $425,000. Tamara Miller is a staff writer for the Vail Daily. She can be reached at, Colorado

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