As voters in tourism-dependent Estes Park prepare to vote on a lodging tax hike to support workforce housing, the board voted unanimously to rezone a 21.1 acre parcel where up to 190 units could be built.

The vote at Tuesday’s meeting changed the tract, off Fish Hatchery Road on the south bank of the Fall River, from lodging to multi-family residential zoning. Further review and approval processes by the city will be required before the units can be built.

Jeff Woeber, the city’s senior planner, told council the 190-unit figure was based on existing water and sewer capacity limits.

The council’s vote came after hearing testimony about the need for workforce housing from a parade of area workers, some of whom have lived in the Estes Valley for decades and many of whom spoke Spanish and had an interpreter to translate.

The only concerns the board heard were about traffic on Fish Hatchery Road, the safety of cyclists and pedestrians along it and adjacent US 34 as they headed to work, and whether the costs of rental of future housing would be really affordable.

Trustees also heard a request from members of the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies to grant them a long-term lease on a two-acre city-owned parcel at the northwest corner of Moraine Avenue (west US 36 ) and Elm Road for construction. of a performing arts complex.

The proposed project, estimated to cost $8 million, would include a 150-seat theatre, restaurant and 60 parking spaces with the possible addition of a rock climbing wall.

Some administrators cited infrastructure issues that could arise due to the parcel’s proximity to the city’s waste management facility, and Pro Tem Mayor Scott Webermeier suggested that Stanley Park might be a better location for the center.

Just six years ago, a nonprofit group called Estes Performance Inc. (EPIC) was trying to raise money and get approvals to build a $30 million performing arts center on the site. from downtown Park Center Mall, which burned down in 2009.

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