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Gardnerville town board to review Crestmore design

by Christy Chalmers

Buildings bearing beige, brick and varying shades of brown are proposed for the Crestmore Village apartments and townhomes near Elges Avenue in Gardnerville.

The projects include an 80-unit apartment complex, which is to be built on 7.8 acres east of Elges Avenue, and a 72-unit townhouse development planned for just under 7 acres south of the apartments.

Each development will have a clubhouse and a children’s play area. The apartment complex will also have a barbecue area and sport court.

The projects have already been approved, but the builders still must get consent for the materials and colors that will be used. The Gardnerville Town Board will review the proposed designs Thursday and make a recommendation to Douglas County, which has final authority.

As proposed, the townhouses will have grey composite roofs with mocha-colored doors and shutters and an almond-shaded base. The townhouses would be equally divided among nine buildings that may have a wood exterior, though a report given to town leaders says developers have discussed the possibility of a stucco finish.

The clubhouse would have a brick base finish.

The apartment complex, as proposed, would include six two-story buildings with beige, stucco-finished exteriors, brown roofs and dark trim. The apartment clubhouse would match the buildings.

Gardnerville’s engineers are recommending that the the county require additional sidewalks in and around the apartment complex. Additional sidewalks are also recommended for the townhouses, along with features that would add “architectural interest” to the buildings.

Suggestions include brick accents, variations in roof height, wider front porches and deeper offsets between each of the units, whose positions are staggered so they don’t form a straight line.

Keith Ruben, an engineer for the developer, said he’s aware of the suggested changes but thinks any disagreements can be resolved. He said the developers want the buildings to blend with their surroundings and each other.

Other elements of the projects include landscaped open space and covered carports. Six single-family homes are planned between the apartments and Elges Avenue, which is slated to be turned into a cul-de-sac. To replace Elges, the developers will build a new road between Highway 395, where Elges currently ends, and the complexes. The road will be an extension of Waterloo Lane, which will eventually be repositioned.