Meeting to focus on proposed Englewood housing complex

The design team for a proposed 395-unit Englewood apartment complex will host one neighborhood meeting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10th at the Englewood Recreation Center, located at 1155 W. Oxford Ave.

Embrey Partners, a real estate investment firm that has built more than 10 properties in Colorado, is applying to develop a townhouse and multifamily complex in Englewood on a site along West Oxford Avenue and South Navajo Street.

The property is approximately 8.4 acres and is currently home to businesses including Sam’s Automotive Reconditioning Center, located at 1314 W. Oxford Ave.

The proposal would include a purchase of the property and does not involve eminent domain.

Representatives from the design team plan to offer a presentation of the team’s current plans and answer questions about the project during the Aug. 10 meeting, according to invitation to neighborhood meeting.

Development of development proposals

Development plans for this proposal have been underway for about a year, said Phil Workman, a partner at The Pachner Company, which is handling community engagement for the development.

Originally Embrey Partners proposed building two four-storey multi-family buildings, amounting to about 555 units.

But after a neighborhood meeting with residents voicing concerns, developers scaled back the development plan to about 396 units, Chris Alvarado, vice president of development at Embrey Partners, said during a community meeting on June 9.

Now, the number of planned units is 395 with 34 three-story townhouses and approximately 361 multi-family homes in a four-story building, according to the meeting notice.

The terraced houses will have their own garage, and the multi-family house will have its own parking garage surrounded by residential units. The proposal also includes a pool, patio, dog park and green spaces throughout the property, as well as plans for some sidewalk and roadway improvements.

At the June 9 meeting, Alvarado told attendees that a percentage of the units would be affordable in accordance with City of Englewood requirements. But in a July 21 email, Workman noted that “there is no requirement from Englewood for affordable housing” and that “it has always been our goal to provide housing that is ‘market rate.’

Workman said the developer would work with the city in case of affordability requirements as the approval process progresses.

What does the current zoning of the plot allow?

Embrey Partners would need a rezoning of the area to move forward with its plans. Currently, the land that Embrey Partners wants to develop has I-1 zoning, representing a light industrial area, and several potential uses for the property would not require any zoning.

Under the existing Industrial I-1 zoning, a number of developments are permitted, such as a tower structure for a telecommunications facility, an office building, a hotel, a storage or warehouse facility and an RTD maintenance facility, according to the city’s Code of Articles of Association.

Also listed in Code of Articles of Association is a table summarizing the dimensional requirements for principal structures, showing that there are no maximum height restrictions for structures in I-1 zoning—which, for example, meaning there would be no height limits for a self-storage facility.

However, a multi-unit residence has height restrictions ranging from 32 feet to 100 feet, depending on the type of zoning and lot, and the Embrey Partners plan calls for the tallest structure to be four stories.

Multi-unit dwellings are not permitted in industrial zoned areas. In order to be able to develop the proposed terraced house and apartment complexthe developers must submit a planned unit development application to facilitate a rezoning of the property.

The planned unit development application will be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, which will then make a recommendation to the City Council. The city council has the authority to approve or reject the application.

Workman said it could be September or October before the team presents itself to the Planning and Zoning Commission. There will be a public hearing for both the planning and zoning commission and city council meetings, where residents can share opinions about the project.

The developers will also submit a “major plat application” to combine the separate lots and dedicate a right-of-way along West Oxford Avenue, according to the meeting notice.

If all goes smoothly, Alvarado said June 9 that the team could likely get rezoning and site approval around November or December of this year and have a groundbreaking in the summer of 2023.

Those with questions or comments prior to the August 10 meeting can contact Bonnie Niziolek, a member of the project design team, by emailing [email protected] or call 303-892-1166.

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