Durango, CO--After three years of planning and nearly $3 million in entitlement expenses, DMR has broken ground on the first residential neighborhood, Tacoma Village, under the new Master Plan for expansion of Durango Mountain Resort. The La Plata Board of County Commissioners approved the final plat for Tacoma Village on September 8th.
"After all the time, effort and significant investment, we're overjoyed to finally be under construction, and the response from prospective purchasers has been truly overwhelming," said Gary Derck, President and CEO of DMR.
Just across from DMR's main entrance, Tacoma Village's first phase will include the BlackBear townhomes, which will be built with natural stone and timbers and designed to blend into the natural surroundings. With two and three bedroom units, garages, community amenities and mountain views, the 16 BlackBear units will accommodate a broad range of lifestyles from primary residence to vacation or second home. Prices range from $350-500,000. Local builder Steve Krug and partner Rob Merritt are developing the project, which is scheduled to be built in two phases. Eight reservations have already been taken.
"We are looking forward to working with DMR on this project and are extremely pleased to be involved with the groundbreaking for the new master plan," said Krug.
"This is truly a community effort, with local businesses, including the Bank of the San Juans, Genex Construction and Canyon Construction, helping to make this initial village a reality*plus most of our initial purchasers are from right here in Durango," said Derck.
Located across and to the north of Purgatory Village on the east side of Highway 550, Tacoma Village will consist of townhomes, neighborhood commercial, single-family homesites and a large community park serving the North County. The village abuts the San Juan National Forest and has an interior trail system that links with the Purgatory Flats trailhead and resort amenities. A planned underpass will give access to resort base area.
The 25-year development plan includes six total villages and 1,649 units on 612 acres. Most of the units will be concentrated in an expanded Purgatory Village at the base of the ski area, including hotels, a new day lodge, resort condos, transfer lifts and recreational facilities. The remaining units will be spread through five residential neighborhood villages, ranging from cabins and townhomes to executive and estate home sites. The project has been recognized for its careful protection of the environment. More than 40 percent of the 612 acres has been designated Open Space, and building envelopes and wetland buffers will help to retain the natural setting and minimize impact.
The DMR Master Plan has gone through extensive review and revision over the past three years, with DMR and County Staff working closely with numerous public agencies and various other governmental and environmental groups to reach agreement on issues ranging from design standards and setbacks to traffic, school fees and employee housing. DMR's project goes beyond anything previously seen La Plata or San Juan County including providing a waste disposal transfer station serving the north part of county, a public trails system, bus service and a community park for North County residents. The Resort will also provide housing for approximately 1/3 of its employees by providing 1 employee housing unit for every 10 free-market residential units and 15,000 GSF of commercial space. DMR builders will also pay fire impact fees, school impact fees, as well as impact fees to the Purgatory Metropolitan District. A state-of-the-art half million-dollar air quality monitoring system is already in place.
"We want to thank everyone at the resort and throughout La Plata County who have helped us get to this groundbreaking," added Derck. "We will do our best to continue to improve the resort and our resort community in the years ahead."
For more infoormation on Durango Mountain Resort, check out their website atwww.durangomountainresort.com