Neighbors of a controversial proposed 200-home manufactured housing community in south Fort Collins will have a second chance to weigh in on the plan.
The 50-acre project at 6750 S. College Ave., east of College Avenue and south of Trilby Road, raised concerns among area residents who objected to the increased traffic and additional housing for lower-income residents in the neighborhood.
Sun Communities, a real estate investment trust with 430 manufactured home and RV communities throughout the U.S., will host a second neighborhood meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.
The neighborhood meeting comes as part of a conceptual review before formal plans are filed.
The Fort Collins Planning & Zoning Board on Oct. 15 approved two modifications to city standards that Sun Communities said were necessary before going forward with the project.
One allows Sun to build one housing type rather than the four required by the city for projects on sites larger than 30 acres. Building four housing types would make the project unaffordable, the company said.
The second modification allows the developer to build street-like private drives with no on-street parking, as required under city code. That means streets would have attached sidewalks without room for on-street parking.
The board also required Sun Communities to provide a minimum 15% of units to be deed restricted for low-income residents and provide housing models that are distinctive from one another by providing a variety of roof lines, front porches, building trim and colors.
The site abuts Pleasant Grove mobile home park on the north and is adjacent to a parcel in the city’s Land Bank as a possible location for affordable housing.
Sun Communities sells its units for between $150,000 and $200,000. Buyers own their homes but lease the ground underneath them. Land leases cost about $750 per month, with average annual increases of between 2% and 4%. Most of that money goes back into the community for maintenance and repairs, the developer said.
The targeted price of Sun homes is well below Fort Collins’ single-family median sales price of $450,000 so far this year and $314,000 for townhomes and condominiums.
The city’s housing prices keep going up, with single-family home prices up 4.7% and condos and townhome prices escalating 6.4% through September.
Manufactured housing provides a lower barrier to entry, costs less to buy and is less expensive per square foot than single-family homes, Sun Communities President John McLaren said at the first neighborhood meeting. “It provides opportunities for homeownership that might not be available otherwise.”
Residents objected to more traffic at Trilby and College, an intersection that already proves difficult. The city is planning a $5.5 million improvement project at the intersection that will likely be finished in 2022.
The proposal will be subject to review and public hearing by the planning and zoning board.
The neighborhood meeting will be held virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. For information on how to join the meeting, visit fcgov.com/developmentreview/proposals. Information will be posted 48 hours prior to the meeting.
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