ELKO – A planned apartment complex above the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital will contain larger units due to the rising cost of housing.
The Elko Planning Commission approved changes this month at the request of developer Elko West Properties LLC, owned by Doug and Jon Bailey.
“There have been changes in the market that we are responding to,” Bailey Homes’ Sheldon Hetzel told the panel. Plans now call for a mix of two and three bedroom units to give residents more options due to the “huge jump” in house prices over the past year, he said.
The 107 units of the complex will be spread over nine buildings of three floors each.
City planner Cathy Laughlin said the project is consistent with land use in the area and exceeds parking requirements.
The anticipated traffic of 781 daily trips was not enough to trigger a traffic study. Currently, the only access is from the Lamoille highway, but plans eventually provide for the extension of Errecart Boulevard to Chemin Bullion.
According to municipal staff reports, only part of the property can currently be served by water from the town of Elko due to the elevation. The property can be serviced by Elko Town sewers and other non-municipal utilities.
The complex was initially approved in October 2019 and the developers have applied for a grading permit. The plans had to be changed after Elko West did not receive a slope easement from a neighboring landowner.
The conditions imposed on the project include landscaping along the Errecart Boulevard right-of-way, no on-street parking permitted on Errecart Boulevard or Summit Raceway, and no recreational vehicle storage permitted.
The developer will also have to install a pedestrian crossing through Errecart.
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