New townhomes

Three new townhomes being built on Arkansas Street are part of a wave of new construction in Buena Vista in the past two years.

Buena Vista – In the first three months of 2019, building permits filed in town are down from last year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“I think we’re at 16, which is a pretty good pace for the first three months” town planner Mark Doering said.

Nearly all of those permits are for single-family homes, and none are seeking subsidies for affordable housing, Doering said.

“We don’t have anybody building anything like Collegiate Commons,” Doering said.

However, he said, the Farm subdivision by Antero Circle is still selling lots that are less expensive than other homes in the area.

Two triplexes are being built, one on Gold and Beldan streets and another on the south side of West Main Street.

Dan Swallow, Chaffee County director of development services, said last year was the fifth year in a row that set records for the number of building permits issued in the county.

Construction-related permits issued in Chaffee County totaled 3,261, including 283 permits for single-family dwellings. Of the total, 526 permits were issued within Buena Vista town limits.

In BV alone, 57 single-family dwelling permits were issued in 2018, more than twice the previous record of 24 in 2016.

Early in the permitting process is the Boulders of Buena Vista, which has submitted an application to subdivide 5 acres one block north of Arkansas Street.

Developer Colin Umphreys has proposed 45 lots, some of which would be duplexes, Doering said.

At a joint work session between the Buena Vista Board of Trustees and the Planning and Zoning Commission, Umphreys told Trustee Mark Jenkins that the proposed price point for the units would be between $350,000 and $450,000, according to official minutes from that meeting in December.

When Jenkins asked about affordable housing deed restrictions, Umphreys said he was weighing the concept of deed restrictions forbidding short-term rental of the units.

The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista is published by Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., the parent company of The Mountain Mail.

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