Public hearing will set next steps for residential, retail plan; traffic is big concern
Posted Monday, April 12, 2021 5:53 pm | David Gilbert
A public hearing could soon give the green light to housing and retail development on one of Littleton’s largest remaining parcels of open land.
City council will decide on April 20 whether to approve a rezoning proposal from Evergreen Devco, a Denver-based developer with plans to build hundreds of apartments, senior housing units and several commercial establishments on the Ensor property at the southwest corner of Mineral Avenue and Santa Fe Drive.
Evergreen bought the 33-acre parcel for $6.5 million in 2017, but sought to amend the site’s zoning, established in 1985, which mandated commercial development beside the South Platte River and residential uses beside Santa Fe Drive.
Evergreen wants to reverse that, saying residential uses make more sense beside the quiet river, while commercial uses should be placed beside the highway where they can be seen and accessed by drivers.
If the plan is approved, Evergreen hopes to build a development called Riverpark, featuring 270 multifamily residential units, a 170-bed senior housing facility, two anchor stores, two restaurants, three “quick-service” restaurants, three shops and one gas station.
The rezoning proposal, originally slated to go before council in 2019, has been repeatedly pushed back as city staff have undertaken a lengthy analysis of the project’s impact on traffic and the city’s economic health.
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