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Affordable homes in the works

Revised Elk River Village plans include 67 condominiums

— The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is pushing ahead with plans to develop as many as 67 affordable housing units on the city’s near west side.

Elk River Village would offer 13 single-family homes and 54 condominium residences on a triangular parcel on Elk River Road just north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 40.

“Our goal is for all of them to be deed-restricted affordable units,” Housing Authority interim director Curtis Church said.

The project known today as Elk River Village was proposed in December 2005 as a private sector housing project called West Side Subdivision. It would have included 33 single-family modular homes and four condominiums. Plans called for the single-family homes to have the footprint of a singlewide mobile home.

The Housing Authority subsequently purchased the 10-acre parcel for a little more than $2 million. Of the total acreage, only about 4 acres are suitable for development.

The Housing Authority entered the city planning process early last summer with plans that were very similar to those of West Side Subdivision. However, city planners urged it to consider a more densely developed project. City planner Bob Keenan pointed out that Elk River Village would be built in a commercial/light industrial area.

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“It’s near an important intersection, and we wanted to see some bigger buildings that framed the area visually,” Keenan said.

The change also meant the project would generate more affordable housing units.

“It certainly brings down our per-unit cost for the land,” Church said. “The city wanted it to fit the look and feel of the area. We still feel that a single-family product would be accepted by the public.”

The architect of the project is Eric Smith Associates, and the engineers are Landmark Consultants.

Landmark’s Ryan Spaustat described the housing in a memo to the planning department.

Three of four 12-unit condominium buildings in the project would front a green strip along Elk River Road. The 13 single-family homes would be in a single row, bordering 10.8 acres of open space on a hill to the east.

The single-family units would offer two bedrooms in 900 square feet of living space. Each single-family unit would have its own driveway, and owners would have the option of adding a wood-frame carport. Architectural drawings reflect the use of attractive exterior building materials.

The three-story condominium buildings would offer a mix of two- and three-bedroom units, each with two bathrooms. The former would offer 1,020 square feet of living space, and the latter would have 1,175 square feet. Drawings show covered porches or decks, gabled rooflines and as many as five exterior materials.

No public hearings concerning Elk River Village have yet been scheduled.

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