By Amy Reinholds
The July 2 Lyons Board of Trustees meeting included updates about subsidized affordable rental proposals for Lyons Valley Park and 19617 North St. Vrain Drive, and a decision about a market-rate rental in an accessory dwelling unit.

During a staff report, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen told the trustees that Summit Housing Group, which has an agreement to purchase Tract A of Lyons Valley Park Filing 8, is creating a new concept design proposing to build 29 affordable rentals on that parcel. She said that Summit is also pursuing a purchase agreement for 19617 North St. Vrain Drive and a concept plan that proposes 20 to 24 affordable townhomes there.

Summit, based in Missoula, MT, is a development company that specializes in low-income tax credit and mixed-use developments. It develops and manages rental properties in 6 states,

 

COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing inn Lyons

By Amy Reinholds
Of the three proposed Auxillary Dwelling Units (ADUs) before the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) at the June 25 meeting, two were postponed until the July 23 meeting, and one was narrowly approved as a recommendation to go before the Board of Trustees on July 2. A common thread is that all were conditional use reviews for proposals to create dwelling units in existing out-buildings, but when the outbuildings were constructed

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
At the end of March, homeowners who wanted to learn more the licensing process for short-term vacation hosts in residential zones in Lyons attended an overview meeting at Lyons Town Hall, but several questions from homeowners went unanswered. A conversation with Town staff on

 

COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
In the affordable housing discussions since the flood, I have been following the various words and actions about accessory dwelling units, also known as ADUs, mother-in-law apartments, or carriage houses, allowed on single family residential lots

 

By Amy Reinholds
By the end of April, the final round of applicants were selected to purchase the six Habitat for Humanity homes being built in Lyons at 112 Park Street. And the Lyons community can see the progress of two of the duplex buildings so far: the building furthest to the west that contains two homes and the one furthest to the east, which also contains two homes. It’s getting real.

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Board of Trustees unanimously voted on May 21 to direct staff to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement with the partners who are proposing a mixed-use proposal on the eastern end of town that includes an innovative food agriculture business, a commercial kitchen, and affordable rentals.

Even though the Board of Trustees cannot commit any of the $4 million of possible federal disaster recovery funds earmarked for

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
At the April 23 Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) meeting, Town Planner Paul Glasgow reported that Summit Housing Group determined it cannot apply for the "9 percent" Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in this year's application round.

Summit Housing Group, which was assigned the purchase and sale agreement to purchase Lyons Valley Park, Filing 8, Tract A from Keith Bell, completed some due diligence tasks this past week related to a proposal last month for 43 affordable rental homes.

Glasgow said that Summit determined that the title commitment for Filing 8, Tract A that is “subject to PRD” (used in 1969-1979 to allow multi-family housing), only

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