Frisco council OKs revised Condos Off Main proposal
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On Tuesday, the Frisco Town Council approved the expanded proposal of the Condos Off Main for a conditional use request, which allows for the mixed development of both residential and commercial space. The council voted 5-2 in favor of the proposal.
Developer Larry Feldman proposed a revised design of the project which added two units to the development bringing the proposal to include 23 residential units over a ground floor residential parking garage with approximately 2,243 square feet of commercial space at 120 4th Ave. in Frisco.
The previous proposal, approved by Frisco Planning Commission July 19, for 21 units in the Condos Off Main development had density exceeding town code.
The planning commission and town council approved the conditional use request to build 23 condos on half an acre because Feldman will have nine of those units as deed-restricted, also termed “affordable housing.”
“I think that this proposal is fine – there is a huge need for affordable housing,” said Councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy. “The mountain-town feel is all about the people, the buildings don’t make or break the impression that the town gives to those who live here or visit.”
Council members in favor of the proposal argued that the design had been improved adding adequate parking and a design more compatible with the town.
“There is no doubt that this proposal is a better project than the one previously submitted,” Councilman Larry Sawyer said. “I see two problems in our zoning code dealing with density and size but this project complies with requirements of the code. I don’t see any reason to stand in the way of this development’s construction.”
The density of Feldman’s Condos Off Main development has been opposed by some community members as being uncharacteristic of Frisco and incompatible to surrounding buildings.
“I think this project is too dense, it is substantially larger than anything else in Frisco,” said Councilwoman Kim Cancelosi. “I don’t think it is compatible.”
Cancelosi also argued the proposal’s request for conditional use was not justified by the commercial space.
“I’m upset that such a tiny commercial space allows the developer to avoid the setbacks of a residential-use request,” Cancelosi said. “The commercial space is only there in order to qualify for conditional use.”
Special Condition 9 was added to the proposal to ensure that space indicated as commercial, remained so. The proposal was approved by council 5-2 with Councilman Kent Willis and Councilwoman Cancelosi opposed.
Feldman has been building in Summit County since 1982, and has constructed more than 400 homes including Mountain Side, Mountain Pines, River Pines, Ravenwood and The Duck, as well as the Dillon Ridge Market Place shopping center, which houses City Market, Sports Authority, Ruby Tuesday, the movie theater and other retail operations.
The ground floor of Condos Off Main accommodates 2,391 square feet of commercial space that includes a 1,141-square-foot basement. The rest of the ground floor is to accommodate parking for condo residents and guests.
Feldman said that the development is ready for construction and groundbreaking may begin in early September.
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