Alpine Village up for review

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— Local developer Craig Rathbun is trying to construct a four-building development just south of Alpine Bank that will serve food, house employees and contain offices in an effort to create a mini-neighborhood in the shadow of Central Park Plaza.

Rathbun will have his pre-application for Alpine Village Plaza reviewed by Planning Commission at 6 p.m. tonight

Three of the four buildings will contain office and retail space on the bottom floors with residential space on the top floors. The fourth building would contain a one-story 4,800-square-foot restaurant, according to the site plans. The site would also contain a pond and a bridge along with walkways and a sitting area. The entire project would include extensive landscaping to add to the other amenities and help achieve a village green atmosphere, according to the application.

The city recently has discussed allowing more secondary units and mixed-use complexes as a way to allow the private sector help solve the affordable housing problem in the city.

Planner Scott Woodford emphasized the need for mixed-use environments to allow employees live closer to where they work, even though the current code does not list residential uses in its definition of the Community Commercial zone.

Woodford wrote the site could ostensibly be developed in an urban style, but, in conformance with the rest of the area, would likely be more appropriately built in a more suburban style with less density.

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