Breckenridge City Council got a better idea at its December 14 meeting of what the McCain property’s new workforce housing site, called Alta Verde II, might entail.
Kimball Crangle of Gorman & Co. and Elena Scott of Norris Design returned to present a second design concept to council after receiving feedback in November. While the board had several qualms about the initial presentation, the members were all impressed with how quickly the development team came up with a new plan taking into account board feedback.
After seeing the first concept, the council told the development team that the buildings were too massive, the parking lot was too direct, and the building’s design was not in keeping with the character of the city.
According to the latest proposal, Alta Verde II – which sits on the McCain property directly south of where Alta Verde opened this summer – would have a total of 172 units: 14 studios, 38 one-bedroom units, 78 units two-bedroom and 42 three-bedroom units.
The complex would include 150 to 200 units of median income in the region according to a memo.
Crangle explained the many elements that the development team strives to balance at the site, including affordability, community character and the ability to scale to net zero energy in addition to meeting the needs identified in the latest version of Housing needs assessment.
The Housing Needs Assessment – released in March 2020, just before the pandemic again changed the housing market – showed a strong need for rental units between one and three bedrooms in the community. Many people also look for rentals that allow pets and are close to public transportation.
Guiding principles for land use plan updates also include livability, maintaining mountain views and building materials, shapes and sizes compatible with the surrounding area.
âAt the end of the day, what we’re really trying to create is a community that people love to live in,â Crangle said. âIt’s something that we do as a company and we take great pride in the work that we do. “
The new housing complex would be right next to the non-profit campus which is also expected to be built on the McCain property. To serve what the city hopes to see as a community hub, a new bus stop would be added in the community in addition to some family parks and other amenities.
The development team also highlighted traffic changes along the site, which are aimed at minimizing pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle conflicts.
âWe’re really excited about how we’ve been able to improve the flow and functionality of the site for future residents,â said Crangle.
Crangle said his company retains 70 to 80% of its tenants each year because of the quality amenities and life experience they have. Interim plans also include community storage lockers and a small bicycle garage. Garbage, recycling and composting will also be on site.
âWe are creating a really wonderful set of amenities for people,â said Crangle. âYou can have pets. We often include dog parks. We have washers and dryers in the unit.
Mayor Eric Mamula joked that it can sometimes take multiple board and developer meetings to come up with a plan that everyone supports, but the development team took the board’s feedback into account and quickly got it. turned into a plan they support.
“I feel like you’ve heard all of our comments,” said Kelly Owens, board member. “And I really appreciate all the work you did because I feel very comfortable with that, and I wasn’t very comfortable with the other project. And I really appreciate that you be so open to all suggestions.
Now that the city has a concept layout, it can move on to planning finance and permits with the goal of going vertical next year, housing manager Laurie Best said in May.