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Neighborhood meeting Feb. 6 on controversial Robbin Place duplex proposal

The hillside of 543 Robbin Place is evident looking up from the alley. Three buildings (six duplexes) are proposed on the site, which is 24,000 square feet in all. The houses at the top are on Chestnut Street, from which no access to 543 is allowed.
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A neighborhood meeting on a plan resubmittal for the proposed Robbin Place duplex project will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Hosted by developer Paul Rising and Michael Turisk of Colorado Springs Planning, the meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
       Rising is seeking approval of a preliminary and final plat, which would subdivide the 24,000-square-foot hillside lot into six lots so that he could build three duplexes.
       He also has asked for a waiver from the city's zoning code to allow property access from an alley. The alley is formally named Robbin Place, and the property's assigned address is 543.
       The overall proposal has triggered opposition from the older surrounding neighborhood, based on concerns about landslide potential, density, alley traffic and overall compatibility.
       Rising's first submittal was for the waiver only. Because of the way the city code is written, the other issues could not be discussed at public meetings - only the alley access - and any ensuing plat submittals could be reviewed by city staff only.
       Planning Commission approved the waiver, but City Council - hearing it because of a neighborhood appeal - had a tie vote in October. The body was going to rehear it in November, but Rising decided to resubmit and this time include the plat requests.
       He told the Westside Pioneer at that time that he wanted to work for an agreement with the neighborhood.

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(Posted 1/25/17; Land: Development Issues)

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