Planners to vote on Monument Street project

       An evidently non-controversial apartment complex proposal in the 600 block of Monument Street will go to City Planning Commission Thursday, June 20.
       The three-story, 20-unit Gabion Apartments project was submitted to City Land Use Review by Springs Engineering on behalf of the land owner, Pueblo Bank & Trust. Developer Eddie Bishop has pledged to situate the building well back from the street, use a neighborhood-compatible design, employ “green” technology and cause minimal impact on nearby residents.
       Planning Commission approval is needed because apartments are only allowed as a “conditional use” under the existing Office/ Residential zoning on the 1.83-acre property.
       According to Ryan Tefertiller of City Land Use, he is OK with the development, believing that Springs Engineering has addressed his planning concerns. In an e-mail, however, he did note that a goehazard report is still needed. “We need to make sure that the proposed building location/design and retaining wall location/ design are safe and adequately designed,” Tefer-tiller wrote. “While that may sound significant, Planning and Engineering staff are confident that this issue will be addressed. We've approved plans and geohazard reports for this site in the past (as recently as 2007) and the site geology has obviously not changed since then.”
       A neighborhood meeting in April, after the Gabion plan was first submitted, attracted some questions but no opposition. A second such meeting was considered, but deemed unneeded. “I only received one phone call and one e-mail from neighbors regarding the project,” Tefertiller said.

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