Botanical Gardens, 3 residential projects under review in Fort Collins – BayWest

Botanical Gardens, 3 residential projects under review in Fort Collins – BayWest

FORT COLLINS — A proposed botanical garden in west Fort Collins and three proposed housing projects including a seven-story apartment building will get a look from city staff on Thursday.

A virtual concept review will take place at 9 a.m. “Sagrada Botanical Gardens” will take place on 1.7 acres at 2035 W. Mulberry St., just east of South Taft Hill Road. Applicant Heather Goldstein suggests creating a demonstration garden that includes sections with specific plants, identifying plants that are beneficial for various health conditions.

The gardens will also include on-site educational workshops on topics such as water conservation, land readiness, beekeeping, and attracting pollinators. Goldstein envisions establishing a free seed library along Mulberry Street. The property is zoned for small-scale manufacturing, which could allow the nonprofit to dry and prepare herbs that others can use, she said.

“The fire access road runs through the property, so one side could be a gathering space and an outdoor kitchen where we can teach things like canning and bread making, and the other side would be the gardens, with a greenhouse where we can grow seedlings and distribute them so people can start growing plants,” she said. Medical at home.

“I know I’m going back and forth with the city about weeds, but a lot of them aren’t weeds. They’re medicine,” she said.

She will also propose putting “small residences” at the back of the property “where experts can come and teach, or for people who can come and maintain the property, and live affordably.”

The name “Sagrada” is Spanish for “sacred” and is a tribute to one of Goldstein’s business partners who is from Costa Rica.

Three proposed housing projects are on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda Thursday. This hearing will begin at 6pm in the City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave. Interested people can attend in person or via Zoom.

The proposal with the greatest visual impact would be a plan by Fort Collins-based Tribe Development and Salt Lake City-based Colmena Group, which operates under the name 209 Cherry St. LLC, to build a 112-unit, seven-story apartment building on the southwest corner. From Cherry and Mason streets. The developers envision a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with surface and underground parking.

Meanwhile, Capri Colorado Holdings LLC is seeking to build 66 single-family homes on the northwest edge of Fort Collins. The 19-acre site along West Willox Lane west of North College Avenue has gone through several revisions. Andrew Hartsell, director of operations for Fort Collins-based Mosaic Land Development Services, is Capri’s registered agent.

Finally, the nonprofit Polestar Village, which moved to Fort Collins from Hawaii last year, is proposing 144 units — townhomes, condominiums, and apartments — either for sale or rent — on a site east of the South Overland Trail near West Elizabeth Street. Including part of the former Happy Heart Farm. Polestar wants the complex to include a garden and a small farm where residents can grow and harvest produce.

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