Commission delays Skyline condo conversion

Many who gathered at the Cottonwood City Council chambers Monday evening to talk about a proposed apartment-condo conversion were turned away. The Skyline Apartments project is proposed to be upgraded and converted to condominiums with an additional 43 units added in one- and two-story configurations as the market demands.

The project was up for a zone change to Planned Area Development for three properties totaling 5.78 acres. The three lots are currently zoned individually: residential, multi-family residential and commercial.

Before discussion could begin, Development Services General Manager Dan Lueder told the commission that he had just that morning received a challenge to the project based on a study that made "serious allegations, especially concerning traffic." He said staff needs time to investigate the challenge and asked that the consideration be delayed until the November meeting. The commission approved the delay.

Realtor Phil Moyer had contracted a traffic study to show impacts to the area from the proposed condo project.

Crestview Drive homeowner Steve Loeding asked to be heard, but Chairman Ed Kiyler insisted he sit down since the item was tabled. He returned to the podium when another application was before the commission. The Ridgecrest Apartments are proposed on 12th Street, a block away from the Skyline Apartments. Bill Jackson showed plans for the first two rental duplex town homes proposed on the site, which would be accessed off 16th Street. Jackson said he was waiting for improvements to complete on 12th Street before proceeding further. The design, similar to apartments he built at 11th and Mingus, was recommended for approval by the commission. He promised the 20 ultimate duplexes would have a variety of roof lines, wall variations and colors even though floor plans would remain the same.

When Loeding returned, he suggested the city consider another link between 16th Street and 12th Street, so that Crestview Drive would not bear all the increasing traffic from the two proposed projects.

Loeding suggested the city get an easement through the old Babbitt's/ Lumberman's property to link Date Street to 12th.

Jackson, though, had told the Commission he did not want a through-street through his subdivision.

The Commission also supported a conditional use permit for the Sonora Taqueria, a mobile food truck to be located at the northwest corner of Zalesky Road and SR 89A in Bridgeport.

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