Developers to present concept plans for Longmont Butterball site
Last Updated: 17:57 May 5, 2014
The meeting agenda includes a presentation from 150 Main LLC officials on “preliminary redevelopment concepts” for the site on the southern end of downtown.
150 Main LLC, an affiliate of commercial real estate firm NAI Shames Makovsky, is under contract to purchase the turkey plant and multiple other properties in the area from Butterball LLC for $4.5 million.
An official for Shames Makovsky could not be reached Monday. And while the city has worked with the developers on what it would like to see at the site, Longmont redevelopment program manager David Starnes said Monday that he doesn’t know what exactly 150 Main LLC has envisioned.
No formal concept plans or site review applications have been filed with the city yet. Starnes said 150 Main LLC officials are also expected to propose some mechanisms for a public-private partnership with the city on the redevelopment of the site at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I think (the presentation) is just to get it out there and see what people think and go from there,” Starnes said.
The Butterball property lies within the boundaries of the city’s 1st and Main Station Transit and Revitalization Plan adopted in 2012 that provides a guide for revitalization of the First and Main area.
North Carolina-based Butterball vacated the turkey plant in 2011. The company has sued the city over its rezoning of the area and was slated to go to trial in April. Butterball is seeking monetary damages from the city, contending that rezoning the property from light industrial to mixed use has adversely affected the company’s chances of finding a buyer.
But a judge postponed the trial in March, delaying it until after Aug. 1, the deadline for 150 Main LLC to buy the property or nix the deal.
Also of note at Tuesday’s council meeting is the first reading of an ordinance
that would rezone a 15.23-acre property at the southwest corner of 9th Avenue and Hover Street from Residential Low Density to Residential Planned Unit Development.
Louisville-based Boulder Creek Builders is under contract to buy the land, and has proposed an 82-unit residential development at the site, including 42 single-family homes and 40 townhomes.
The site’s current zoning allows only for single-family homes and a maximum of 76 units at the site. The new zoning would allow for attached dwellings and increase the allowed number of units there to 91.
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