Gold Hill: Temporary road again

       Looking ahead to the annual Parade of Homes Aug. 5-21, Gold Hill Mesa will again be building a temporary road to its development from Villa de Mesa Drive off South 21st Street.
       Work on the roughly quarter-mile, 24-foot wide access will begin next week, with plans to have it graded and covered with pavement millings in time for a Parade “VIP event” at Gold Hill Aug. 4, said development land manager Barry Brinton in a July 19 interview.
       A temporary road was also laid down last year - the first time the regional home show had included the 210-acre development that's bordered by Lower Gold Camp Road, 21st Street, Highway 24 and existing developments to the east.
       This year, Gold Hill Mesa is again a “main site” (one of three) for the 33-home Parade.
       A permanent road (which will extend Gold Hill Mesa Drive from the subdivision all the way to 21st Street) is still planned in a line close to where the temporary road will be. Last spring, Gold Hill developers had hoped to build it before this year's Parade (so as not to have to tear it out again). However, the request to the city - to allow a realignment of the right of way which now goes straight into the Villa de Mesa subdivision - was part of a multi-faceted land-use application that could not be processed in time, Brinton said. No blame is involved, he added.. “The city is good to work with. But the application was just so big.”
       Construction of the permanent road is now slated to start in early September, after Labor Day, he said. When finished, Brinton said it will become the “major access to Gold Hill Mesa.”
       Work in that area the past couple of weeks has involved laying in a water main and service lines for homes that will eventually be built along the extended Gold Hill Mesa Drive, Brinton said.

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