Residents in the Mesa neighborhood in Colorado Springs recently were notified that a new apartment complex is being planned for the area.

Land Patterns Inc., an independent landscape architect working on behalf of Challenger Homes, filed paperwork for a multi-family housing development at 1407-1441 Fillmore St., according to the Land Use Division of Colorado Springs city government.

The plan includes a two buildings that will house  42 apartments in each building and a clubhouse. In paperwork received July 18, the developer is asking for a zoning change from residential to a planned unit development to make way for the new complex.

“The PUD Concept Plan/Zone Change proposes to allow for a two – 42 unit (each) apartment buildings consisting of approximately 110,800 total square feet to be built on 5.012 acres located at the southeast corner of Fillmore Street and Grand Vista Circle,” said David Morrison, president of Land Patterns in his application to the city. “… The proposed four-story apartment buildings will include one-, two- and three-bedroom units (three floors at street level and four stories on the downslope side along the east side of the property). Apartments will range in size from approximately 900 [square feet] to 1,500 [square feet]. The property will also include a clubhouse with tenant amenities. The PU Zone change is requesting a 60-foot building height to allow for the downhill/walkout condition.”

Properties adjacent to the parcel are: multi-family to the southwest, office complex to the west, residential to the northwest and a planned business center to the north. Properties to the east and southeast are zoned residential, according to the documents.

Mike Schultz, principal planner for Colorado Springs, sent a letter to Mesa residents who attended a meeting in the neighborhood about concerns over a planned hospital building at Fillmore and Centennial streets. He told the residents that the developer is willing to hold a neighborhood meeting “to discuss the development and how it interacts with ideas that evolved from the meeting on the Mesa; we have already reached out to [Council of Neighbors and Organizations] regarding what was discussed at the meeting and the issues/concerns that were indicated. The applicant is trying to work with the grade and is showing the building along the ridge in a ‘walk out’ design, so the easterly facing portion of the buildings appear to be four story and the Fillmore facing side of the building will be three-story.”

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