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Mines’ sophomore housing proposal moves to planning commission

Development would provide apartment living for sophomores


A plan by Colorado School of Mines to build a student housing facility at 1750 Jackson St. — currently an empty lot being purchased by Mines, located across from Safeway and adjacent to campus — will be discussed at the April 4 Golden Planning Commission meeting.

The proposed, four-story building will house sophomores and consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom and studio apartments. The architectural style of the building, which includes a basement, will be similar to that of downtown Golden, rather than the architectural style of many buildings on the Mines campus.

Currently, Mines requires that all freshmen live on campus, but the school wants to expand that requirement to also include sophomores, said Chris Cocallas, the university’s architect and executive director of capital planning and design.

“Opportunities arise,” Cocallas said. “This is an opportunity to provide more housing for students.”

About 1,600 students live on campus, but Mines is looking to increase that number to 3,400 students. Right now, there is housing for only 75 sophomores out of 1,200.

The proposed building site is zoned community mixed use community corridor two (CMU-CC2). Height and setbacks of the proposed structure fall within the zone district’s restrictions, but a special use permit is required because of the zone district’s required uses. In this zoning, a certain amount of a development must be commercial use, and Mines’ proposed student housing building does not have any commercial development included.

Mines hosted a neighborhood meeting on the proposed sophomore housing building on March 15. The next step in the process is the planning commission meeting for the special use permit.

Because this development proposal only has to do with the site plan, and not rezoning, it does not require a city council vote, only approval by the planning commission.

Golden resident Tom Atkins attended the March 15 neighborhood meeting and urged community members to attend the planning commission, which includes public comment.

“We’re just learning about the project,” Atkins said then. “Planning commission is where you will have a voice.”


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