A builder once again has plans for the northern flank of North Table Mountain. This time, the vision is to build up to 32 new single family homes on 30 acres located off of West 58th Drive. A portion …
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A builder once again has plans for the northern flank of North Table Mountain.
This time, the vision is to build up to 32 new single family homes on 30 acres located off of West 58th Drive.
A portion of that parcel, which is owned by Charles Williams, had recently eyed for development by another developer, NexMetro, as part of a proposal to build a 235-unit rental community on the mountain. NexMetro has since abandoned that proposal and is now seeking to build that community on land at the intersection of West 54th Avenue and McIntyre Street.
Justin Javernick, a builder who said he lives on Blanca Street about 750 feet from the proposed development, said his firm is hoping to bring “luxury custom homes with walkouts and four-sided facades” to the site.
“We do intend to design and builder control all of the lots,” said Javernick during a community meeting introducing the project held on Feb. 11. “And we intend to bring a very high-end product to the area.”
While Javernick’s firm has not starting the platting process for the properties, he said it is hoping to sell the properties for about $1.5 million each.
“We are targeting an aggressive price point per foot that is at the top of the market, if not higher,” said Javernick. “We plan on building very nice homes that should increase everyone’s value.”
During a presentation introducing the proposal, Javernick said his firm wants to build a new road off of West 58th Drive that would provide access to the properties.
There would also be a new route connecting West 53rd Lane to the property that Javernick said would be accessible only to emergency vehicles to keep it from becoming a thoroughfare. Javernick said his firm is in negotiations with the owner of the adjacent property, Anthony Lombardi, because the access road would go through his property.
The proposal also calls for up to two new homes to be built on another 17-acre parcel (where one home currently stands) just to the south of the parcel where the 30 homes would be built.
The community meeting was the first required step in a process to rezone the property from an agricultural zoning to one that would allow single-family homes. Javernick will now have up to one year to submit an application to the county to formally kick off the rezoning process. The rezoning would ultimately go before the county commissioners.
During the meeting, neighbors asked questions about issues ranging from the potential impact of the development on traffic and neighboring wildlife to the visual beauty of North Table Mountain.
In response to the latter question, Javernick said the parcel that would only have up to three homes is higher on the mountain and all of the homes would also be built in a ranch style to limit their visual impact.
Javernick also showed a slide showing that several nearby developments, including North Table Mountain Village and Hawthorn, are far more dense then the proposed density of 1.1 dwelling units per acre for the 32 homes. The density of North Table Mountain Village, for example, is 4.2 units per acre.
“I myself was against Avilla (the proposed NexMetro development) being a neighbor and felt the density was far too high for the area,” said Javernick. “However, I believe this is complimentary.”
While many comments expressed skepticism about the project, one expressed agreement with Javernick about the proposed density.
“In regards to the density, I feel it’s very low compared to the surrounding neighborhoods of large lots and also the previously proposed apartments townhomes for this site,” wrote a commenter named Anthony. “I feel this is a good thing for the area.”
Several questions also focused on the neighboring Lombardi property, which is also for sale and a likely target for development.
Cassidy Clements, the Jeffco planning commissioner handling the rezoning application for the Williams property, said that the county does not have a position regarding the simultaneous development of the Williams and Lombardi properties but said any application to rezone other property would be evaluated based on overall impacts to the surrounding community with surrounding development taken into account.
“We would need to evaluate both proposals at the same time to see the impact,” she said.
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