Housing project at 86th, Indiana garners unanimous approval

Michael Hicks
mhicks@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/25/20

The Arvada City Council unanimously approved during its Nov. 16 meeting the construction of 72 homes at the corner of 86th Parkway and Indiana Street. The conditional use concept plan project will …

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Housing project at 86th, Indiana garners unanimous approval

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The Arvada City Council unanimously approved during its Nov. 16 meeting the construction of 72 homes at the corner of 86th Parkway and Indiana Street.

The conditional use concept plan project will have a mixture of 17 single-family two- to three-bedroom houses and 55 townhomes on approximately six acres, according to Jeffco Planning Manager Rob Smetana. The site, which in total is 8.76 acres and will sit adjacent to Prestige Preschool Academy, would include a clubhouse with amenities, a park and trail connections.

The Planning Commission recommended approval last month.

Applicant Adam Goldberg with Goldblock Ventures of Denver said the homes will range in price between $350,000 and $550,000. The market, however, will dictate whether the homes will be for sale or rent.

“I’m truly appreciative of the fact that after you did the site plan review with the City Council that you didn’t just put your tail between your legs and take your marbles and go home and go take on some other project somewhere else. You certainly stuck to it. You listened to the neighborhood. You listed to the input we were giving you and you brought back a project that is far superior to what was brought around the first time because of the commercial development and recognition that that corner is a very viable commercial corner that does benefit the local residents,” Mayor Marc Williams told Goldberg.

Councilmember John Marriot echoed that support for incorporating commercial development in the conditional use plan.

“I love this project. I think it’s fantastic,” Mayor Pro Tem Dot Miller said. “You had a challenge of a site to work with you and you worked to that challenge.”

Councilmember David Jones said that the housing plan will complement the area, ultimately providing housing that is “unique and different and hopefully attainable for a certain segment of the population that is looking for that.”

Emergency declaration extended

The Arvada City Council unanimously approved a request to extend the public emergency declaration relating to the COVID-19 pandemic through Jan. 31, 2021.

This is the eighth extension since City Manager Mark Deven declared a public health emergency in March. The current declaration was set to expire on Nov. 30.

Among actions authorized by Deven since the initial emergency declaration include the closure of city facilities, including City Hall; implementation of social distancing and related health protocols for employees who can’t work remotely; and the cancellation of public events among others.

“This request would extend the emergency declaration and provide the City Manager with the flexibility to continue to address the rapidly changing situation on a local level,” City Attorney Rachel Morris said in requesting Council approval to extend the declaration.

“Cases of COVID-19 in Colorado have steadily risen to a third wave of the pandemic,” Morris continued. “Currently in Colorado, case counts and new hospital admissions are increasing rapidly. This information demonstrates the ever-changing conditions associated with the ongoing public health crisis.”

The move came one day before Jefferson County Public Health was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that it is one of among more than a dozen counties moving to Level Red as of last Friday due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“I think (City Manager) Mr. (Mark) Deven has done an excellent job of keeping the City Council informed. I think the checks and balances are still in place. If the City Council had any concerns about how he was exercising his authority we would certainly raise them with him. We’re not shy about doing that. Mr. Deven is certainly going to be objective in listening to our concerns if we have any,” Mayor Marc Williams said.

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