Developer has resident projects in the works

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Charles Sher, a California developer who is preparing to build a residential condominium project here, has added a commercial development to his lineup.

Sher is proposing two commercial buildings on a parcel that faces U.S. Highway 40 in the Curve Development. The site is between Windemere Landscaping and the undeveloped ground set to become the new home of Cook Chevrolet/Subaru at the corner of U.S. 40 and Curve Court. Windemere currently uses the property to store trees.

The project has just entered the planning process, and no public hearings have been scheduled.

Documents submitted to the City Planning Department on behalf of Sher indicate he wants to construct one building that fronts the highway and a second to the rear of the property.

The front building would be 15,480 square feet. Architectural drawings call for roof gables and a cupola. City Planner Jonathan Spence said Sher has indicated he is looking for tenants who fit the theme of "home improvement."

Leasing agent Ron Wendler of Colorado Group Realty said Sher also thinks businesses related to the automotive industry would work well in the building. He is willing to consider a lease-to-buy arrangement, Wendler said.

The second building would be almost 8,500 square feet and create garage bays for half a dozen small warehouses. Parking would be off the highway, between the two buildings.

Spence said the site is zoned commercial and that industrial uses would not be permitted in the warehouses.

"We want to make sure he's not looking at uses" that are light industrial as opposed to commercial services, Spence said.

Sher has proposed continuing the 8-foot concrete bike path that will be installed on U.S. 40 when Cook begins construction. Spence said construction of that path would trigger an existing development agreement that would require the same in front of Windemere.

Sher has won approval from the city for a 19-condo project on Anglers Drive called Sundance Creek. It is intended for first-time buyers. Wendler said eight reservations have been taken for Sundance Creek and the developer expects to pull a foundation permit within two weeks.

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