Saturday, March 27, 2004
Developers have submitted plans for two new warehouses on the city's west side.
One of those projects, Les Liman's Downhill Plaza, would create employee living spaces above the warehouse buildings on the west side of Routt County Road 129 (Elk River Road).
Liman has submitted final development plans for three new buildings comprising 20 warehouse units and perhaps as many as 20 employee units. In addition, as part of the proposal, Liman is seeking to add about 15 employee units to two existing warehouses nearby.
"This application includes a request for conditional use for employee units on the second floor of each unit," Liman's representative wrote in a memo to planning staff.
The site is immediately north of ACZ Laboratories adjoining Elk River Road on the west side. On its southwest corner, it is near the intersection of Downhill Drive and Downhill Plaza.
City planner Brian Bavosi said Liman's application needs to provide more detail in order for his office to determine whether it meets provisions of the city code pertaining to employee units in commercial/light industrial zones.
Bavosi said the code requires that employee units not exceed 1,000 square feet each. Further, it requires, on a per building basis, that employee living units not exceed 25 percent of the total square footage.
"(Liman) needs to identify where (the employee living units) will be and how many square feet," Bavosi said.
No date has been set for a public hearing on Liman's project.
The second project, Wescoin Meadows, would be built in the Copper Ridge Business Park on the east side of Elk River Road. The site is east of Elk River Farm and Feed.
Steve and Denise Peterson, the owners of Snow Country Concrete successfully developed a similar building in Copper Ridge in 2000. Its tenants include Steamboat Lighthouse, Custom Design Audio, Kitchen Perfection and Winnelson wholesale plumbing and heating supply.
The new building would total 37,000 square feet with the flexibility to provide tenant spaces as small as 1,000 square feet.
City Planner Leif Myhre said the application by the Petersons represents a "use by right" of the land in the industrial park.
"Their vision is to maybe have some storefronts associated with businesses like a motorcycle repair shop or a painter, or a cabinet shop with a small showroom," Myhre said.
A sign on the property indicates it will be ready for occupancy by fall.
As they did in the previous building, the developers will employ a tilt-up concrete construction method for Wescoin Meadows.
Myhre said the project could go to the Planning Commission in early May.
The project designer is Matt Wagar of Moon Hill Design.
The Petersons have a contract to purchase the site from Harold Elam, president of Elam construction in Grand Junction.
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