Development expects to add 36 student housing units to Breckenridge

This rendering shows the west facade rendering of Colorado Mountain College's new proposed housing unit in Breckenridge. The new design proposal includes hardieplank siding, which is not reflected in this illustration.
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The town of Breckenridge is moving forward with a student housing development for Colorado Mountain College students to be built on the southern portion of the college’s campus lot.

The application proposes 36 residential units and 51 new surface parking spaces for the 23,103-square foot multiunit housing project for the college.

The building will be three stories and will accommodate the college’s students who need long-term rental units. Of those units, 24 of them will be studio apartments, and 12 are set to be two-bedroom apartments. Currently, there are no designated dorms for Breckenridge’s campus, but the college owns 30 units in Denison Commons. Otherwise, students compete with the local workforce for housing.

Sarah Crump, a planner for the town, presented the preliminary application for the project to Town Council members during a public hearing on Tuesday, April 12.

“We feel the overall proposed architectural style, color and material choices blend well with the neighboring residential developments, and they’re cohesive with the site’s natural background. So this project does not need to have a passing point analysis,” Crump said.

Located at 107 Denison Placer Road, the proposed building will be visible from Colorado Highway 9. The planning commission met on April 5 and gave its full approval of the project before recommending that council do the same.

According to the staff report in the council’s packet on Tuesday, there is potential to add a second student housing building, identical to the proposed development in the application, and it would be placed perpendicular to the north of the development in the future. Staff and the planning commission agreed that the current design fits within the other buildings in the area, and according to minutes from the commission’s hearing about the development, there would be 12-month lease agreements for the units, but there could be opportunities for other timelines to meet students’ needs since the college offers programs that aren’t yearlong.

“Overall, the Commission is pleased with the general design and supports the project, despite negative points given for not meeting the suggested storage requirements, the use of non-natural materials and the proposed structure having a long unbroken ridgeline,” the report reads.

The application passed unanimously among Town Council members.

“​​Any housing’s great housing, so we really appreciate it,” Town Council member Dick Carleton said on Tuesday.

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