City approves plan for senior-only resort
Rio Rancho’s board of directors has approved a site plan for an affordable 152-unit seniors’ apartment complex in Enchanted Hills.
Board members voted unanimously on Wednesday night at City Hall to approve the plan for the Casa de Encantado, the southeast section of Paseo’s 550 apartments.
Councilor Jeremy Lenentine was absent, so Mayor Gregg Hull was allowed to vote.
Hull said fixed-income retirees should be able to afford to stay in the community they’ve invested in and where their families are located.
“We make sure we respect each person, generation to generation, from start to finish,” Hull said.
The senior housing project is expected to be near the intersection of US 550 and Boulevard Safelite. The northwest section of 550 Paseo apartments, which has no age limit, is under construction.
According to documents submitted by Consensus Planning, agent for developer DBG Properties LLC, Casa de Encantado is said to be limited to people aged 55 and over, with no children allowed as permanent residents. It is intended for an independent life.
Dekker / Perich / Sabatini architect Jennifer Facio Maddox said residents would earn 60% or less of the region’s median income.
The design includes 114 one-bedroom apartments and 38 two-bedroom apartments in four-story buildings, according to consensus planning documents. It also has a one-story community building.
Normally, the city ordinance would require 1.5 parking spaces for each one-bedroom apartment and 1.75 space for each two-bedroom apartment, or 238 spaces for the Casa de Encantado. Jim Strozier of Consensus Planning asked the city to allow 193 spaces, or about 1.23 spaces per unit.
The governing body agreed.
The promoters estimate that 193 spaces would be sufficient to avoid parking on the street and traffic jams, according to documents.
“The second bedroom is used as an additional room as an office or guest bedroom for visitors. So it works like 152 one-bedroom apartments, ”according to the waiver request.
Maddox said the parking lot will include additional space for postal vehicles, deliveries and shuttles.
She said the land had steep slopes on two sides and the designers wanted the buildings to be on even slopes and have an accessible walking path. This limited space for parking.
Strozier said planners looked at other communities and projects in the southwest and worked with city staff to choose 193 spaces.
In other areas, members of governing bodies:
• Recognized the Department of Financial Services for winning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 15th consecutive year.
• Removal of municipal liquor license fees, forgoing estimated revenues of $ 10,500 this year to support businesses trying to recover from the pandemic.
• Awarding of a $ 1.5 million contract for the design of the expansion of Northern Boulevard from Acorn Loop to Unser Boulevard to Huitt-Zollars Inc.