New student housing debate headed for council
Earlier this month, the Fort Collins planning commission denied a request for a student housing project from Catamount Properties, a Longmont-based developer that is also building the Pura Vida student housing development at 518 Laurel St. in Fort Collins, just steps from CSU.
Catamount would like to demolish two existing single-family homes at 1305 and 1319 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins in order to construct what it's calling Carriage House Apartments.
The project would include five buildings with approximately 10 units in each.
Problem is, according to city documents, the residence at 1305 S. Shields is eligible for local landmark designation on State and National Registers of Historic Places, and because of the potential historic significance of the building, cannot be demolished.
If it ends up being preserved, two of the proposed apartment buildings would not be able to be built, equating 40 percent of the project, which would jeopardize the viability of the project, according to the city.
The house was the boyhood home of William Carlson,
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