Frazier East project gears up |

Frazier East project gears up

59-acre annexation development plans new homes, commercial space

Collin Smith

— After a period of little to no visible activity, progress on the newly annexed land west of Craig began this week.

Bower Brothers Construction was hired to do site preparation and dirt work for the 59-acre property, known as the Frazier East annexation, by the Las Vegas-based development team.

Bower Brothers, a Craig business, began moving heavy equipment to the site Tuesday. David Fedel, one of two managing partners for the development firm, said he expects the project to begin shortly, and for local residents to see buildings come up next summer.

“We’re going to come out of the ground vertically in about June 2009,” he said.

The first construction phase will put up new apartment complexes totaling 96 individual units on about 9 acres in the middle of the property, which is on the west side of state Highway 13 and south of Pine Ridge Subdivision.

The total project also includes about 372 town homes and duplexes, by far the largest portion of the project, on about 37 acres across the property’s west side.

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Some single-family homes also will be built along the project’s northern border, which abuts Pine Ridge, and two commercial zones, one at the intersection of Highway 13 and Pine Ridge Road, and a new intersection built into Highway 13 to the south.

Per the development’s annexation agreement, the city will not grant any building permits for the property until the developers build the second, southern access. The Craig City Council added the condition because Pine Ridge residents were concerned about increased traffic if the entire Frazier East development used Pine Ridge Road as the primary access.

Fedel said his group hired Westminster-based Diversified Consulting Solutions to coordinate the intersection project with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He added that the project application has been submitted to the state and the process is “in the works.”

The developers hired Jeff Taylor as the project’s general contractor. Taylor, who also hails from Nevada, expects to open bids for subcontractors in the near future.

Local businesses that would like more information on the project and how to submit their bid can call Blair Hadley, the second managing partner for the development firm, at 702-493-8400.