Frisco Peak One development plan gets ready for construction
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FRISCO – Peak One parcel developer Ten Mile Partners jumped over its last big hurdle in the application process Thursday for Frisco’s new affordable-housing neighborhood.
The planning commission OK’d the development and preliminary plat applications – now the developer must get council approval regarding dedicating public areas to the town. Public park areas, roads and trail connections will be maintained by Frisco’s public works department.
“This is going to be a great project,” said lead developer David O’Neil. “We feel really strongly about that.”
Ten Mile Partners – consisting of Breckenridge Wellington Neighborhood developer O’Neil and Wolff/Lyon architects of Boulder, Breckenridge architect Matt Stais and Frisco builder Dan McCrerey – won the bid for development design last year.
The new deed-restricted neighborhood is set to be built south of Main Street starting this spring on the 12.68-acre Peak One parcel, and the plan will include 70 units in a mix of duplexes and single-family homes. Originally, the developer had planned for 72 units, but due to outside input two residences were cut from the design.
The pending units will range from small cabins (around 800 square feet) to single-family homes up to about 2,000 square feet. The homes are being made available to people making between 80 percent and 160 percent of the area median income, or income ranging between $68,000-$136,000 for a family of four. Ten Mile Partners anticipates that construction to build-out will take at least five years.
Despite commissioner approval, numerous Mountainside condo residents voiced concerns over trail loss and lack of a buffer zone between the two developments at Thursday’s meeting. Complaints about the development plan include the neighborhood being too dense and too close to the existing Mountainside condo complex, inadequate parking, increased traffic and loss of a recreation area. Discontent was also voiced over destruction of social trails used by many locals and visitors on the south side of Frisco.
Commenters Thursday asked the developer to consider removing two more units from the plan to encourage a larger buffer zone and a bigger park between the housing communities. O’Neil said this could be an option, but it would raise costs on the other units being sold.
Town planner Jocelyn Mills said staff heard the concerns specifically about trail and national forest access, and potentially lessening the development’s density to 68 units. However she didn’t recommend the planning commission make any amendments to the neighborhood development application as it should be approved as is, and then altered as the economy and needs dictate.
“The project is incredible,” said Commissioner Donna Skupien. “My only concern is the amount of visitor parking.”
So far, the project only allows for limited visitor parking – the developer says that less is better to create a walkable, neighborhood feel.
Ten Mile Partners will be in front of town council on April 27 for the dedication of land for parks and recreation.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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