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New plan for Carbondale Marketplace site earns P&Z nod

John StroudGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – A new incarnation for development of the once highly controversial Crystal River Marketplace site won a favorable recommendation from the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night.The planning commission voted 5-2 to recommend approval of what’s now called the Village at Crystal River Planned Unit Development (PUD).The development plan by property owner/developer Rich Schierburg of Denver-based Peregrine Group Development would include a total of about 125,000 square feet of commercial space.The largest single space would be a 60,000-square-foot store space on the north end of the property intended for a new grocery store, although it is uncertain whether that would be a new City Market store or a competitor.Under the amended plan OK’d by the planning commission, the PUD would also include about 16,000 square feet of office space, and 268 multifamily residential units, including townhouses, condominiums, apartments and employee housing.The 24-acre development site, located on the west side of Highway 133 and north of Main Street, is where the controversial Crystal River Marketplace big box development plan initially gained the Town Council’s approval in 2003. That plan called for a 230,000 square-foot commercial development with a 125,000-square-foot “big box” retailer. The plan was shot down in a public referendum election in July 2003.P&Z members Yuani Ruiz, Lorey Esquibel, Rich Camp, Bill Spence and board chairman Ben Bohmfalk voted in favor of the recommendation, while members Kathy Goudy and Charlie Keyes were opposed.”Those of us who voted in favor saw the plan as a reasonable compromise, given some of the conflicting information coming from us and all the different ideas of what people wanted to see out there,” Bohmfalk said. “It’s not possible to create the perfect plan for that site that will please everyone.”A major concern for the planning commission has been the amount of residential density for the center portion of the property, referred to as the “flex zone.” Schierburg had asked for up to 300 residential units, but P&Z recommended that number be whittled down to 268 in favor of more open space.The commission also asked that commercial uses be given priority for first-floor development along west Main Street, where a mix of both commercial and residential would be allowed under the PUD.jstroud@postindependent.com