September 24, 2014

Golden Valley housing project moves forward

By Chris Erickson

A housing project that could turn the old Golden Valley school into nearly six dozen sleeping rooms has inched forward after another city meeting earlier this week.
The Golden Valley City Council approved a conditional use permit to Joe Armstrong of Multifamily Capital Resources. In addition to approaching Golden Valley about building housing facilities, Armstrong also proposed housing to Hazen city leaders earlier this year.
As of the Golden Valley meeting this past Monday, Mayor Deen Brecht said most of, if not all, the residents’ concerns had been addressed.
“We had our meeting Monday night and most of our questions were answered,” Brecht said. “We decided to give preliminary approval to Joe’s conditional use permit and building permit.”
According to Brecht, the conditions were a mix of those sought by residents and those asked for by Armstrong himself. They included setting a maximum density of 70 beds - 50 in the school building and the rest in 10 2-unit loft cabins on the property; locations of the loft cabins; an access road to the north of the school where they would be located; bathroom needs; external lighting requirements; enough parking for the residents on site; and fire safety plans that complied with building codes.
The renovation plan would split each classroom into five sleeping rooms with a common area and a bathroom. No semi parking would be allowed on site, and while the gym would initially serve as a staging area for construction, once the facility was operational it would be open to the public certain hours of the week.

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