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Longmont council to consider 30-acre annexation on Hover Street, #Longmont

Posted on: Jun 13 16

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The Longmont City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to allow a 30-acre annexation to move forward.

The Fairgrounds Market annexation would add two parcels just north of the Home Depot on Hover Street.

Council must only determine whether the annexation application meets Colorado law requirements to allow it to move forward. Senior Planner Katie Guthrie recommended the council approve the application in a memo ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

The application will then go to the planning and zoning commission for a public hearing on June 22, Guthrie wrote. Council will not vote on an ordinance officially annexing the land into Longmont until July 26,

The Longmont commercial property is classified as a regional center in the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan. Regional centers are intended to serve commercial and retail needs for Longmont.
“Under this land use designation, the applicant desires to zone the eastern portion of the property as Commercial Regional and zone the western portion as Residential High Density,” Guthrie wrote the council, adding that the developer will be presenting a concept plan to the council in July.

The property owners of the two parcels totaling roughly 30 acres are listed as Ashah Incorporated and Sunnybrea/East Slope Properties on city documents.

A listing available on a website connected to David, Hicks & Lampert Brokerage LLC, a retail brokerage firm, lists 20,050 square feet of retail space available in January 2017 for the Fairgrounds Marketplace in Longmont.

The project “is a to-be-developed 26-acre retail/mixed use project located in the most dynamic portion of Longmont” and “is located on S. Hover Road, the primary regionally oriented retail corridor serving the Longmont trade area and in close proximity to a majority of Longmont’s daytime population,” according to the site.

Brochures connected to the listing show plans for roughly 14 acres of the property dedicated to multi-family residential buildings with between 250 and 350 units. Another brochure shows a plan to put hotel or hospitality businesses on five acres of the property, with expansion up to eight acres in the mixed-use project.

The annexation of this property has a storied history.

Walmart submitted an annexation request for it in 2001, but the City Council denied it. The council similarly denied an annexation to one of the property’s owners in 2005, because “the parcel size would not accommodate larger commercial users,” Longmont principal planner Don Burchett wrote in a City Council memo.

The council approved an annexation request in 2007 for a Sprouts Farmers Market, but the applicant didn’t follow through. History repeated itself in 2012, minus Sprouts, but the deal died for a fourth time.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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