HJ/EDHerald Journal, Jan. 30, 2006

600 more housing units proposed in Montrose

By Dave Cox
Staff Writer

Concept plans presented at Monday’s city council meeting included nearly 600 new residential housing units.

An un-named project proposed by Hirsch Builders includes 313 single-family lots and 25 duplexes to be located northwest of town on 170 acres west of Clementa Avenue and north of SW 55th St.

One of the notable features of the proposal is a park dedication that includes more than 30 acres of parkland, 18 of which are wooded upland.

“We have tried to provide a large continuous park in a prime area,” Project Engineer Nick Nowacki of Meyer-Rohlin said.

Council Member Jeff Petersen expressed concern that the proposed park is in the northeast corner of the development, and there was no park in the southeast corner.

Nowacki said they were open to trading some of the proposed park for park area in another part of the development.

Council Member Sharon Knodel said that during the planning commission meeting, members discussed the fact that preserving the trees in the proposed park was a priority.

Knodel also said that many people have playground equipment in their back yards, and the small “tot lot” playgrounds may not be as beneficial to the community as a larger park.

Mayor Charlie Nelson pointed out that maintenance is also a consideration, and taking a mower off of a trailer, mowing a small park, loading the mower again, and driving half a mile to the next small park is not very efficient.

Nowacki said that the proposed project would be completed in three phases, with the first phase consisting of 65 single-family homes.

The layout for this project is similar to Forest Creek, Nowacki commented.

The second concept plan discussed during the meeting was Brookside Cove.

The project, proposed by Creative Real Estate Development, includes 233 residential housing units comprised of 227 town homes in four-, six-, and eight-unit buildings, and six twin homes.

Nelson expressed concern that there are no sidewalks in front of the homes.

Jason Chaffins of the Montrose Fire Department noted that the proposed units are grouped close together, and wondered if they were equipped with sprinkler systems.

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