The Town of Mountain Village is hosting two design charrette sessions in early March to evaluate the initial site plans for The Lofts at Mountain Village development project. The Lofts developer, Belem Properties Co. LLC, is proposing to build a 43- to 45-multifamily unit professional workforce housing project on the north and east sides of the Gondola Parking Garage. Over the last year the demand for workforce housing has increased exponentially. According to Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen, Town Council has moved quickly in response to urgent requests from numerous local businesses to help solve a housing issue.
“The town believes that maintaining a high level of service is critical to our community and it is in the best interests of our residents, businesses and overall economy, but to do so you need quality employees and those employees need a place to live.”
The proposed housing project is envisioned in the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan, and due to its location – it falls within the Town Hall Center Subarea Plan – Belem representatives will present site-specific development plans to the Town Hall Center Subarea Task Force and members of the public March 3 and March 4.
“The Task Force was created as a condition when the town rezoned several properties within the Town Hall Center Subarea to civic uses. Workforce housing falls under civic use,” Hawkins explained. “The main responsibility of the Task Force is to review site-specific plans within this subarea in order to ensure that all concerns voiced by surrounding neighbors are considered prior to formal review. During The Lofts design charrette sessions, Belem will present initial site plans for purposes of obtaining input from the Task Force. Subsequently, the Task Force will provide a non-binding recommendation to the Design Review Board and Town Council.”
The Task Force was formed by way of Town Council appointment in January, and is comprised of four homeowner association representatives from surrounding developments, one Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association Board member, one Town of Mountain Village representative, one Comprehensive Plan Task Force member, and two at large community members. This will be the first time the Task Force will convene formally.
Both design charrette sessions will be take place in the conference room in Mountain Village Town Hall on March 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and March 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings in person or watch online at townofmountainvillage.com/video. To learn more about this project and the Task Force, visit townofmountainvillage.com.