Open space switch delayed |

Open space switch delayed

Melanie WongVail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado A decision on whether a developer can build on land marked for open space in Edwards has been postponed at the request of the developer.Remonov & Co. developer Rick Mueller was going to ask county commissioners next Tuesday if they would remove restrictions on seven acres of land in downtown Edwards designated open space.However, county planners told developers they wanted to see plans for what they wanted to build on the land first, leading Mueller to ask that the hearing be postponed to a later date.We wanted to know specifically what was going to go there before we removed (any restrictions), said County Planning Manager Bob Narracci.Mueller said he didnt know he needed to have plans for the land before clearing up the open space restrictions.We want to take time to evaluate the countys staff report, Mueller said of the decision to postpone the hearing. Remonov & Co. has until Nov. 18 to reschedule the hearing.He had several ideas for what could go on the land, including high-density workforce housing, a child-care center, and an access road between U.S. Highway 6 and Edwards Village Boulevard. Most of the affordable housing discussion has been focused on Tract K, a 1.3-acre piece of land behind the fire station, but Mueller said he would like to build something similar on Tract T, the larger piece of land behind Edwards Corner.He said he is willing to work the county and build the kind of project it wants.The county needs to figure out what they want on that land, he said.Remonov & Co., the developers who built Edwards Corner and Edwards Village Center, had proposed a high-end condo project designed by high-profile architect Daniel Libeskind on the same land last year. However, it ended up the land had open space restrictions, forcing developers to abandon the project.Weve pulled the Libeskind project off the table, Mueller said. Were not doing that, so we dont have any plans.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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