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Proposed development spurs community meeting Feb. 9 to discuss 'vision' for Mesa

       A proposal for an assisted living facility on the Mesa, including a building close to 60 feet tall, has prompted a community meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
       The location will be the Mesa Room at the Colorado Springs Utilities building (the one with the xeriscape garden) at 2855 Mesa Road.
       The Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) is organizing the meeting at the request of Mesa Road residents who have raised questions
Mesa Road resident James Kin led the successful appeal to City Council by 17 Mesa Road residents of a Planning Commission recommendation for the SQLC proposal south of Fillmore Street.
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about the proposed SQLC at Sentinel Ridge, on 26.5 acres south of Fillmore Street near Coronado High School, in back of Grand Vista Circle. A Westside Pioneer article on this issue can be found at this link.
       The meeting goal is to “discuss developing a community vision for Mesa Road and Fillmore Street between Centennial, Uintah and 30th Streets,” a CONO press release states. “This is a response to recent interest in developments along Fillmore Street and a related concern with the heights of some of the buildings proposed. But it is also consistent with the Mayor's Streetscapes Solutions Team report of Jan. 13, 2013, which urged that major areas of the city begin to conduct conversations about how those areas should look and function.”
       The SQLC development would include a change of zone and concept plan for up to 266 independent living units, 40 memory care units, 66 assisted living units and 56 beds for skilled nursing care, plans show.
       A concept plan and zoning change for the SQLC application had recently been recommended for approval by the City Planning Commission, but City Council upheld an appeal Jan. 26 by a group of Mesa Road residents, which means the commission will need to rehear the matter. That hearing is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 18.
       The appeal charged that city consideration of the SQLC application failed to consider Chapter 6 of the City Comprehensive Plan, which includes the policy to “preserve and enhance the character of the community through design that maintains views to the Front Range and other significant landmarks and integrates natural features into the land use pattern.”

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/3/16; Land: (Development Issues)

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