Carbondale Approves Site Plan Review for 'Sopris Lofts'
At the regular council meeting last week Carbondale’s Trustees approved a Major Site Plan Review and Conditional use permit for a lot just north of the roundabout on Highway 133, between Main Street and Colorado Avenue. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more…
The review, presented by Denver based Architectural-Design firm NeoStudio, detailed a proposed Three-story mixed-used building that would feature around 3800 square feet of retail space, 18 efficiency apartments, and 9 two-bedroom units. The development, called “Sopris Lofts” would also include outdoor plazas, a public trail connecting Main and Colorado avenue, and a ten-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian trail along Colorado Avenue.
NeoStudio partner Michael Noda says each face of the building will have a distinctive architectural palette. He described it as a “living building” with large windows, and “opportunity zones” for public art. Noda also says the design would exceed code requirements for accessibility, including elevator access, and an ADA compliant kids play area.
Jake Boyle, the closest neighbor to the proposed development expressed his support, calling the current lot a thorn in the side of Carbondale. But he raised concerns about parking.
Trustee Ben Bohmfalk says the code has been written to encourage this kind of development, and that at some point you have to stop building more parking in a suburban-style development and have people live within that.
Trustee Marty Silverstein says the current lot was never intended to be a parking lot, and that there was no simple answer to the solution. Mayor Dan Richardson echoed the trustees' comments.