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With plans for several new developments, this year may mark change in residential home landscape

Collin Smith

Like snowmelt and sunshine encourage soft grasses and bright flowers to spring up throughout Moffat County, spring and summer herald the area’s new building season.

Recently, growth within Craig has been somewhat limited to flora and fauna, however.

Locals have said for several years that the local dearth of available housing has held the region back.

This year, though, may mark a change in the season.

Work is expected to begin this year on 400 duplexes and townhomes, more than 100 single-family houses and three new apartment buildings with about 90 units.

Not everything will be built at once.

In fact, actual construction on multi- and single-family housing may be gradual as developers plan to pre-sell lots before building.

But, it’s a change in direction.

“A lot of these projects are on big scales,” said Dave Costa, Craig community development director. “It’s been a while since something like that, I guess.”

Not all are on sure footing, though, he added.

The Frazier East annexation, now known as The Bluffs, is the most ambitious development.

Its plans include more than 400 townhomes, about a dozen single-family homes, a new apartment complex and about 180,000 square feet of commercial space.

Until recently, city officials were not sure the Frazier East development would happen. Part of the project’s annexation agreement stipulates the developers have to build a new road access off state Colorado Highway 13, and the Colorado Department of Transportation had not given permission.

“Right now, they are moving dirt at their own risk,” Costa said in May, referring to the Bower Brothers construction trucks that busied themselves with site work through this spring.

However, CDOT reported the agency reached an agreement with the developers at the end of last month, paving the way for real construction to begin.

Another development, this one made up of about 50 single-family homes intermixed with parks and trails, may be on life support.

Western Skies originally came before the council in March 2008. At the time, officials said they were very pleased with the developers’ plans.

The only hitch is that the city wants Ninth Street extended west, across the new Colorado Northwestern Community College site, past the Ridgeview neighborhood and into the development to ease traffic burdens on existing roads.

Costa said Western Skies developers are waiting for the city to change its mind after a new transportation master plan is released this summer, or waiting for the city to change its mind about not paying for road construction.

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