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Silverthorne development projects progressing

NICOLE FORMOSA
An architectural sketch gives an idea of what the proposed Blue River Professional Building in Silverthorne will look like.
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SILVERTHORNE – A new medical building is one step closer to breaking ground near the Silverthorne Factory Stores on Tanglewood Lane.The building and site sketch plans for the Blue River Professional Building were approved by the Silverthorne town planners earlier this month. A final site plan is expected to be up for approval sometime in the next two months. Julia Wolanin, the planner for the project, said the actual groundbreaking probably won’t be until after the first of the year.The proposed project would provide individual health care offices for local medical and dental providers. It’s headed up by Steve Lowry, a real estate developer for South Carolina- and Indiana-based Wise Inc. Local architect Darrick Wade is handling the plans for the project.

The 11,000-square-foot building would be built on one and a third acres just off of Rainbow Drive overlooking the factory stores. Residential developmentThe Fox Valley Ranch project has been given the green light by the town council, said project planner Michael Johnson. The proposal is for 28 single-family homes and four duplex units to be built between the first and second holes on the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club.Johnson said despite a few loose ends, developer Lance Ohlsson has been given the go-ahead to move forward.The new homes will sell for about $700,000.

Meanwhile, the 70-unit South Maryland Creek Ranch development northwest of Silverthorne is also taking steps forward. The 350-acre development calls for 160 acres of homes and 190 acres of open space, including a 20-acre park, a 45-acre park and 133 acres of nature preserve.Town planners and council members approved those sketch plans on Oct. 13, but still have a lot of details to hammer out, such as wildlife impact and geological issues, Johnson.Another key consideration is the question of annexation of the project into Silverthorne where that much development would be theoretically permitted under zoning.Maryland Creek Ranch landowner Tom Everist has asked the town to annex the land, which would allow him to build one unit per five acres. Without annexation, Everist is allowed one unit per 20 acres because the land is located in Summit County’s agricultural zone.

In July, town council members put the petition for annexation on a 180-day hold so they could catch up on the land-use process. Johnson said Everist has already secured water rights for the homes. Next, Everist will need to submit a preliminary sketch, which Johnson said could happen with the next few weeks.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970)668-3998 ext. 229 or at nformosa@summitdaily.com


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