Yesterday Alberta Development withdrew its Master Development Plan proposal for a 3.3 million square foot mixed use development at Orchard and I-25.
There is speculation that the original proposal was submitted as a stalking horse to make the next proposal seem more palatable and like a compromise.
Here is a link to a Denver Business Journal article announcing Alberta’s decision to withdraw and seek community input before resubmitting.
Click here for DBJ article.
The Villager newspaper published an article yesterday reporting that the proposed cost of the Orchard Station development will be $1.478 billion dollars. That is a staggering amount for a 24 acre site. Click here to read the article.
Fox News showed up and interviewed me and my dad prior to the meeting.
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In a packed house with two hours of nearly unanimous opposition, Greenwood Village Planning & Zoning rejected the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would create an Orchard Station Subarea by a vote of 8-0. Rezoning six properties from B-1 To Town Center also failed on a 4-4 vote.
Residents that spoke made it clear that they did not want a “downtown” in Greenwood Village and were seriously concerned about the impact on traffic, schools, views and overall quality of life.
City council may still consider voting on the amendment on August 1, so we may still see a similar debate in a couple of weeks.
Last night at a Sundance Hills HOA town hall, we had a packed room to discuss the Orchard Station Subarea Comprehensive Plan amendment and the Orchard Station development. At the end of of the meeting everyone was asked to raise their hand, if they wanted a “town center”. I didn’t see one person raise their hand. Continue reading
In the most recent Orchard Station Subarea (Item 3j) draft amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, Greenwood Village changed the language around the impact of new development on the area schools.
Prior language: “Ensure that new development can be accommodated by area schools while maintaining the high quality of education.”
New Language: “Refer development applications to Cherry Creek School District and consider the District’s comments in development decisions.”
Alberta Development has submitted a master development plan to build 3.3 million square feet at Orchard and I-25.
It can be difficult to conceptualize the size of the proposed development, so here are some comparisons. Therefore, 3.3 million square feet is equivalent to: Continue reading
The Orchard Station Subarea – Comprehensive Plan Draft that will be voted on next Tuesday at the July 19 Planning and Zoning Meeting states in its opening sentence that “The Greenwood Village community desires an identifiable center in the Corridor Planning Area that serves as a downtown gathering place for all Greenwood Village residents.”
However, in the Greenwood Village 2014 Citizen Survey, the word “downtown” does not appear once in the entire survey results. Continue reading
The Planning and Zoning Commission will likely vote to recommend the amendment to City Council onTuesday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (6060 S. Quebec St.).
Please read my earlier post here about the importance of this meeting.
The following is the summary of Comprehensive Plan Amendment posted on the Village’s website, click here for original along with the agenda and related documents. Continue reading