COMMENTARY: What’s The Future For Affordable Housing In Lyons?
By Amy Reinholds
I’ve got a short update this week about another postponement of the final plat and subdivision improvement agreement for Second Avenue and Park Street subdivision for six proposed Habitat for
Humanity homes. It was originally continued to the February 16 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting at request of the current landowner, the applicant, but it did not make it on the February 16 agenda.
There were more delays, but I received email from both Dave Emerson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, and Craig Ferguson, the current landowner, that they are both still committed to the project.
The Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) approved recommending the subdivision and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning final plan in November 2015. The application is to subdivide the currently zoned B-Business zone into one PUD-C Commercial lot for the existing former Valley Bank building, and six new single-family lots zoned as PUD-R Residential for three duplexes along the north side of Park Street.
Craig Ferguson closed on purchasing the 0.76-acre parcel from Valley Bank in June 2015. He has a contract to sell the six residential lots (at $50,000 each) to Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley. The Lyons Board of Trustees voted unanimously in June to waive water and sewer connection fees that they have control over for the proposed Habitat for Humanity homes, totaling about $173,500 in savings, helping Habitat for Humanity meet its permitting and fees budget, keeping mortgages down to $150,000 for homeowners.
The Town of Lyons is seeking an agent to administer the resale requirements of the six permanently affordable homes. (Lyons does not have a Town Housing Authority and does not have a department for administering affordable home-ownership programs.)
The plans include a designated 25-foot fire lane in front of the homes along Park Avenue to allow access for emergency vehicles, arrived at after discussions with the Lyons Volunteer Fire Department and Jerry Moore, the project manager for the owner.
Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission and serves as a liaison to the special housing committee. She has lived in Lyons for twelve years and in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.