Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sunshine Parcel plan evokes concerns

Express Staff Writer

A controversial proposal to develop the high-profile Sunshine Parcel in Elkhorn returned to the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission this week. The commission voted Tuesday, July 25, to continue consideration of the project to September in light of issues raised by city staff and the community.

The proposal concerns development of a vacant 4.31-acre parcel of land in central Elkhorn that was previously known as the site of the proposed Sun Villas project. The Sunshine Parcel is situated on the west side of Village Way between Elkhorn Village and Sunburst Condominiums. The owners of the property, New York City-based Blackacre Capital Management and Greenfield Partners, a Connecticut- and Chicago-based investment group that includes Ketchum-based partner David Hennessy, approached the P&Z with a master plan development proposal and design review application.

The plan calls for commercial space and 76 residential units, with 10 of the units earmarked as deed-restricted workforce housing. The units are distributed between two multi-story buildings, four triplex buildings and one paired home.

Concerns over the project center on the bulk and mass and construction mitigation. The city's staff report stated the project also fails to address open space, view corridors, and integrated transportation issue.

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