Dillon ponders building for full-time residents
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Summit County, CO Colorado
DILLON ” A proposed 72,000 square foot development in downtown Dillon elicited positive feedback from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
The project ” known as Alpine Lake Lodge ” calls for construction of a nearly 50-foot-tall mixed-use building on the .99-acre site of Ristorante Al Lago on Lake Dillon Drive. The current design includes 44 one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos on three floors, an underground parking level, and 8,500 street-side square feet of commercial space.
One concern brought up by the planning commission was the potential inclusion of “affordable” or local housing in the project. While the commissioners expressed general distaste for requiring the developers to provide deed restricted units, they agreed some steps should be taken to ensure the residences will not be exclusively luxury second homes.
The design calls for “higher end” finishes for the condos ” complete with granite counter tops, slate and tile flooring, premium carpet, and natural wood cabinetry.
“I’d like to see a commitment to getting full-time residents in there,” Commissioner Terry Novak said. Some of the smaller ground-floor units might not be attractive to second homeowners, and would therefore be appropriate for locals, he added.
Property owner Ivano Ottoborgo inherited the land and building from his father in 2005, and soon partnered with local Realtor Tom Harmon to develop a plan for the site that would make economic sense for him as well as meet the requirements of Dillon’s Downtown Redevelopment master plan.
So far, town staff likes what it sees.
“The staff feels it’s an attractive building, and it should fit in nicely,” town planner Melissa Wyatt said.
Because the site’s existing “commercial” zoning designation required a higher ratio of commercial to residential square footage and precluded any ground floor residential units, the town council passed an emergency zoning resolution in February to allow the planning process to continue. Even with the emergency accommodation, the owners must still meet the formal requirements for their proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD), as well as for the conditional use permit.
At this point in the process, Ottoborgo and Harmon continue to collect recommendations from town staff and the commission, prior to submission of a formal plan for council approval.
If the approval process continues without a hitch, the developers expect to break ground next spring, Harmon said, starting with the demolition of the existing building.
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