Superior Trustees Vote Down New Development

Superior, CO town trustees were recently considering another development plan for new homes, but it was defeated in a recent vote.There have been several assorted plans over recent years proposed to the Town of Superior board of trustees.

A project once called Monarch Hills was proposed a few years ago on what is now open space west of McCaslin Road. Other proposed projects have been suggested for the area near the ice rink, Old Chicago restaurant and up towards the historic cemetery. A plan that included a senior center overlooking the cemetery didn’t get much popular support.

Most recently, the Superior town planners were looking at a proposal from builder Remington Homes to develop the land west of old town. Yes, I am keenly aware that some prefer the term “original town”. So, if you prefer, the proposed development is between original town and the Sagamore project on approximately 38 acres, and includes a proposed 94 “high-end” patio homes. This land is commonly referred to as the Ochsner property.

There were four trustees present at the meeting, and also Mayor Andrew Muckle. The newest trustees, Debra Williams and Joe Cirelli were not at the meeting. Of the five votes cast on the issue, only Mayor Muckle voted yes to approve the development plans as presented. The vote took place on July 28th.

The board of trustees suggested to the Remington Homes representatives that perhaps another plan would be more acceptable, one which included more open space, fewer homes, and a larger cash dedication from the builder.

Some residents that are aware of the Remington Homes plans have opposed the development. They have said that their concerns include possible harm to their existing wells, and that the style of the development as planned doesn’t fit well with the character of the surrounding neighborhoods.

If ‘character’ means old, run down, and poorly maintained property; then I would agree that the new homes would not compliment the current character of original town. Even though there are some homeowners that show a clear effort to keep their homes in good repair, the original town’s homes seem to be a mixture of trailer homes, abandoned buildings, poorly maintained modulars and a salvage yard. How would new construction compliment that?

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