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Developer seeks to boost units in South Rapp Street project

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By Ramsey Scott

The developer of a proposed residential complex approved for land across the street from Arapahoe Community College wants to expand the number of units in the development. 

The Sullivan-Littleton Lofts development, which would be on South Rapp Street next to ACC’s Littleton campus, had originally been approved in 2007 for 52 residential units along with five live/work commercial spaces. 

The developer, Rapport Holdings, wants to increase the number of units to 68 by shrinking the size of the condos. The increase would push the density to 100 units per acre.

The change was approved by the Littleton Planning Board on a 5-2 vote during its April 28 meeting. The change still needs approval from the City Council. 

The increase in density and possible traffic was a concern for several residents who spoke against the change at the Planning Board’s meeting. One person called the change a bait-and-switch by the developer and asked why the city should change a plan it had already approved.   

The developer’s new traffic study showed the streets around the project wouldn’t see more congestion.  

Several people, including an ACC representative, said they support the project and hope it provides a connection between ACC and downtown. One person said the homes currently on the three lots are a blight and should be razed. 

Two of the lots on South Rapp Street have rental properties, while the third was home to a rental property before a fire destroyed the house last year.

The representative of the developer said during the meeting it plans to sell the units as opposed to renting and managing the property. The estimated price of the units in the new plan would be $200,000 to $450,000. They would be marketed to young professionals and empty nesters. 

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www.columbinecourier
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