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Developers propose 122-unit 'Cottages'

 

Last updated 11/18/2021 at 2:17pm

Karin Hill

This sign on Woody Creek Drive urges neighbors to attend a meeting about the proposed Cottages at Mesa Ridge.

Developers who plan to build 122 manufactured homes near the intersection of Mesa Ridge Parkway and Powers Boulevard are planning a meeting with neighbors on Thursday, Nov. 18, to discuss the proposal in advance of a rezoning request with El Paso County.

Currently zoned single-family residential like the Sunrise Ridge neighborhood immediately adjacent to the north, developer Goodwin Knight intends to request a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designation for the 10.21 acres, which would be developed at a density of 11.94 units per acre. The existing Mesa Ridge Apartments complex is immediately to the south and west of this site.

"This residential land use proposed will be a good transitional use from single family detached on the west to the future commercial on the east and the existing multi-family (apartments) south/southwest of the property," developers said in their Letter of Intent filed with the county.

Some residents on Woody Creek Drive who learned of the proposal are unhappy about it, as their properties back up to the site. One handwritten sign on a front yard urged residents to attend the Nov. 18 meeting at Sunrise Elementary School from 5-7 p.m., and asked "El Paso County does not care?"

The site is landlocked, and access would be through an extension of Landover Lane, which currently runs through Mesa Ridge Apartments. Developers say no access to Powers is permitted by CDOT.

Although Security Fire Department officials said they "weren't thrilled" with the dead-end street, they signed off on a plan to allow emergency access along the top of an irrigation ditch – with the irrigation channel to be piped underground – on the south and east side of the project.

Developers also say the proposed Cottages at Mesa Ridge would meet a need for affordable rental housing in the area, as well as abide by goals in the county's Master Plan.

This map from the El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department shows the site of the proposed Cottages at Mesa Ridge.

"This project and product meets a need for attainable housing that also provides convenient access to goods, services, and employment in the area," the Letter of Intent states. "Additionally, this unique housing product offers an option for younger and older residents through all stages of life."

The Cottages at Mesa would consist of 122 duplex-style buildings that are modular manufactured homes constructed in a factory. The site plan incorporates a clubhouse, landscaped open space, buffers, playground, dog park and trails for future residents. The clubhouse is proposed near the main entrance to the community and will serve the residents with a common area, dog wash, office, restrooms, package delivery, outside deck with fire pit and a playground. Just over 50 percent of the total site area will be open space, landscape areas and amenities.

The project would have a single owner, similar to the apartment complex, with units leased out to tenants.

To view the full list of project documents, visit https://epcdevplanreview.com/Public/ProjectDetails/175160

 

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