CHEYENNE – Members of the City Council’s Public Services Committee voted 2-0 Wednesday to recommend an amended plan for the Sweetgrass development in the city’s south end.
The Sweetgrass development is one of the largest projects ever proposed in Cheyenne, covering 2,349 acres southeast of where East College Drive meets Avenue C. The Lummis family, which owns the land, plans to turn the former ranch into an economic powerhouse.
A preliminary plat application for the 70.31-acre first phase showed lots sized for single-family homes, townhomes and potential community college student housing alongside a Village Center providing space for retail, a hotel, fire and police stations, a library branch and a church.
According to city Senior Planner Susana Montana, the proposed amendment would allow residential uses within the Village Center block, the northern part of the subdivision, such as live/work units and residences over shops.
“The building design has changed to reflect a modern farmhouse,” Montana told committee members. “There will be a lot of clear windows that will allow patrons within to look out onto green space, and pedestrians can see the activity inside those buildings.”
The proposed amendment would also provide design standards for buildings in the Village Center, and allow increased building heights from 40-55 feet. Within the proposed events center, building heights would range from 60-80 feet.
The $55 million, 70,000-square-foot events center project, slated for construction on the development south of East College Drive, would be the state’s largest events facility, home to a 150-bed hotel, restaurant and convention space.
Set to open in the summer of 2021, plans include a 36-lane bowling alley and eatery featuring local cuisine. The convention and entertainment space will have the capacity to host concerts, basketball tournaments, weddings and trade shows.
The proposed amendment also would allow microbreweries in the Village Center and events center areas. The amendment would allow detached garages and carports in the high-density residential zone.
”Those amendments reflect the visions of the applicants, the Lummis family,” Montana said.
The Cheyenne City Council agreed to annex the Sweetgrass development into the city last year.
The full council will consider the amendment measure during its meeting Monday.