Proposed Wheat Ridge development sparks debate

Planning commission votes to recommend the project move forward

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/8/21

A mixed-use neighborhood along 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge was the main subject of interest during the Sept. 2 Planning Commission meeting. At issue — the proposed development of a major subdivision …

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Proposed Wheat Ridge development sparks debate

Planning commission votes to recommend the project move forward

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A mixed-use neighborhood along 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge was the main subject of interest during the Sept. 2 Planning Commission meeting.

At issue — the proposed development of a major subdivision consisting of 26 townhome units built by StoryBuilt — an Austin, Texas-based development firm. Current zoning allows for the high-density construction project — 21 units per acre — but some neighbors don’t want another row of multi-story units blocking sunlight and increasing traffic.

In the end, despite much discussion and some valid concerns from neighbors, the Planning Commission found the developer has met all code requirements and voted to recommend the approval of the project.

The proposed project, named Judy, will be located at 5785 W. 38th Avenue (38th and Eaton Street). 

The area is mixed use, including commercial, restaurant, high-density and single family residential. 

Along with the townhomes (four buildings with four to eight units in each), curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements will need to be made. The plan also also calls for a 20-foot green-space buffer separating the townhomes from residential housing to the north.

The City’s Engineering and Planning divisions had both found the site plan approvable. City staff has recommended approval of the project.

StoryBuilt’s Director of Acquisition and Development, Chris Auxier, says his company focuses on “Boutique, Infill development,” choosing sites where the “neighborhood is an amenity.” He said the the site was attractive to StoryBuilt because of the momentum, growth and interest currently happening in the neighborhood. Auxier expects the price of units in the subdivision to be in the $550,000 to $750,000 range.

During the open comment portion of the meeting, privacy, traffic, density, height of the proposed buildings and parking were all raised as possible red flags. Comments on the Wheat Ridge Speaks website tended to oppose the development.

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