FAQ – Answers Regarding Our Homes for Sale in Durango
Q. What makes Three Springs different from other developments?
A. Three Springs is the region’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development — a unique master planned community based on smart growth and traditional neighborhood planning principles. Three Springs will be reminiscent of the older neighborhoods of Durango with narrow tree-lined streets, a mix of uses, small walkable blocks and alley-loaded garages.
Q. What is the scheduled build-out of the homes in Three Springs?
A. Full development at Three Springs may take place over 20-30 years and will be dependent on market demand. The Conceptual Plan for approximately 2,200 homes and 800,000 sf. commercial space has received approval from the City of Durango.
Q. When will the City’s Community Park be available for use?
A. The 75-acre park located on the northeast edge of Village I will be built in multiple phases over 15-20 years and is dependent on City funding. The initial phases may take up to 3-7 years for completion and include a multi-use field and a central park area (volleyball and basketball courts, playground and walking paths around a pond). See the City’s plan for the Community Park at www.durangogov.org
Q. What is the Neighborhood Center?
A. The Neighborhood Center under design is a central gathering spot and may include spaces for large/small meetings, classrooms, arts/crafts, children’s playroom, fitness/exercise, and multi-purpose use areas inside and outside. Like 125 and 175 Mercado Street, the Neighborhood Center will be certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building.
Q. What retail/services are envisioned in the near future?
A. Approximately 31,000 sf of retail and office space at 65, 125, and 175 Mercado Street is currently available for lease with various tenants. Uses may include restaurants, book stores, coffee shop, sundries, dry cleaners, wine and liquor stores, boutiques, and medical/dental offices.
Q. Will there be a grocery store at Three Springs?
A. Three Springs anticipates development of a neighborhood grocery store (approximately 15,000 sf) located in the Mercado District.
Q. Where will the Target be located?
A. Three Springs promotes neighborhood retail located in a small, friendly, and sociable streetscape. Big box commercial projects oriented to automobile traffic, like a Target, are not permitted in Three Springs. Development proposals in the early planning stages for the vacant land west of Three Springs may accommodate shopping center type projects.
Q. What does “sustainability” mean?
A. At Three Springs, sustainability involves planning and living responsibly with future generations in mind so that they may enjoy Three Springs as originally envisioned. Innovative measures oriented toward water conservation, energy efficiency, environmental air quality, material resources, education, economic viability, and community-building are only part of Three Springs’ commitment to creating an enduring community.
Q. Will there be larger lots available in future phases?
A. The cottage, village, and corner townhome (duplex) lots, as designed in Village I, are typical for the majority of development at Three Springs. A limited number of larger lots for custom homes for sale will be available in the Vista Norte Neighborhood and at the perimeter edges of Village I .
Q. May I purchase an individual residential lot and build a house of my own design?
A. Lot purchases will be limited to those perimeter lots described above for custom home construction. Three Springs primarily offers neighborhood residential homes for sales.
Q. Where is the best place to exercise my dog? Do I need a leash?
A. The trails of Confluence Park and the Southern Open Space are great for walking your pet. As a dog owner, please become familiar with the City of Durango’s rules and regulations. Dogs must be on a leash on any public property (sidewalks, streets, trails) and may not be left tied up or unattended. Please remember to clean up dog waste and always carry bags for this purpose. The proposed Community Park anticipates a fenced Dog Park in its later phases of development.
Q. Where is the next phase of single-family development?
A. The next phase of residential construction will take place in the Spur Line Neighborhood located just east of the current home construction area.
Q. How do I find out about neighborhood community events?
A. The Three Springs Information Center, located at the southeast corner of 175 Mercado Street, serves as a clearinghouse and activity center for neighborhood events until the Neighborhood Center is constructed. For general information about Three Springs at this time, please call the Information Center at 970-764-6000, or visit us online at www.threespringsdurango.com
Q. Should I expect there to be construction activities near my home?
A. Construction for the homes at Three Springs will be on-going for many years; however, Three Springs is planning home construction on a block-by-block basis where possible. You can expect to move into a finished area with landscaping, sidewalks and fencing. It is possible that homes on adjacent lots or blocks may be in various stages of construction. A typical construction schedule from groundbreaking to landscaping is anticipated to be at least 4-5 months (weather and market dependent).
Q. What do I need to know about access routes to my neighborhood?
A. For the short term, you will be restricted to travel on Three Springs Boulevard, Confluence Avenue, Mercado Street, Buena Vida Avenue, Clear Spring Avenue and Sierra Vista Street. Most construction traffic will be routed from the second roundabout north along the Wilson Gulch Drive and Bocea Parkway to the northerly entry to Clear Spring Avenue.
Q. What are my responsibilities for landscape maintenance?
A. All homeowners and tenants are responsible for the maintenance/irrigation and replacement of landscaping within the lot and as provided on the alley shoulders. Lots fronting on streets are also responsible for; 1) maintenance, irrigation and replacement of landscaping within the park strips on the public right-of-way and; 2) debris removal, snow removal and replacement of sidewalks.
Q. What amenities will be available?
A. Paved trails for walking, running and bicycling through the Southern Open Space and Confluence Park through to the second roundabout are in place. A small grassy play area is planned for a location just south of Clear Spring Avenue and Mercado Street for picnics and throwing balls or playing croquet. The Three Springs Plaza in the Mercado District houses outdoor entertainment. Other amenities will become available in phases including access to the Horse Gulch network with its 47 miles of trails (including the 25-mile Telegraph Trail single-track) for hiking, trail running and mountain biking with access directly from the Mercy Regional Medical Center complex parking lot.
Q. If I live on a green court, may I restrict or control activities on that space?
A. The green court is owned and maintained by the Metropolitan District #1 for the benefit of all residents and occupants. Adjacent property owners may not restrict activities on the public open space which is primarily a passageway to the adjacent park lands.
Q. What steps do I need to take if I want to make improvements to my home or garage?
A. The Three Springs Design Review Committee (DRC) must review and approve all improvements or alterations to the landscaping and building exteriors. You should schedule a pre-design meeting with the Three Springs Manager of Neighborhood Services (764-6002) to discuss procedures, fees, and submittal materials.
Q. May I rent my home?
A. Yes. You may rent or lease your property to no more than four occupants per residential property. Please make sure that your lease agreement obligates your tenants to comply with the governing documents for Three Springs including the Three Springs Master Association and the Three Springs Residential Association.
Q. Where do I receive my mail?
A. Mail is delivered to your locked box in a neighborhood mail box cluster located just a short walk from your front door. Your mail box key will be delivered to you at time of closing.
Q. Who is responsible for snow removal on streets, alleys, and sidewalks?
A. The City of Durango will plow the public streets and a snow removal contractor of the Residential Association will plow the private alleys for green court residential access. The City will notify residents of parking procedures on the Street for snow plow access. Homeowners and tenants on lots fronting the street are also responsible for snow removal on the sidewalks adjacent to the lot. The Metropolitan District is responsible for snow removal on sidewalks adjoining green court lots.
Q. Where is my trash collected?
A. Trash and recycling are collected at Three Springs weekly (each Tuesday) by the City of Durango. Residents in blocks fronting a public street should place trash containers in the shoulder of the alley at the garage. Residents who live on a private (or hammer head) alley should carry or roll trash down the alley to a location on the public street corner (out of traffic circulation patterns). To ensure that your trash will be picked up, please do not place containers too close to parked cars. All trash containers should be removed at the end of trash collection day and stored within fenced areas or garages. Trash containers should not be stored on a front porch.
Q. Does my house have internet services?
A. Your home is wired for fiber optic technology and includes options for digital phone, digital cable (including HDTV and DV/R), and online high speed internet services through packages with Bresnan. Three Springs is Durango’s first community with a fiber optic technology network.
Q. May I install a satellite dish?
A. Should you desire to receive satellite dish reception in lieu of the cable package provided by Bresnan, you may subscribe with the provider of your choice. An antenna or dish shall not exceed eighteen inches (18”) in diameter. The Design Review Committee recommends that the dish be installed on the side yard elevation or rear elevation face and within the fenced portion of the yard. The dish may not be mounted on the front of the house.
Q. May my neighbor park in front of my house?
A. Yes. On-street parking in Three Springs is available for use by all, including visitors. As a resident, you are encouraged to park in your garage.
Q. Where do I park my RV, boat, or camper trailer?
A. You should plan to store these items off-site.
Q. When do I pay my Metropolitan District tax assessment?
A. The Metropolitan District tax assessment is included in your property tax bill and paid annually (due February-June) to the La Plata County Treasurer.
Q. When do I pay my annual homeowners’ fees?
A. The annual Master Association and Residential Association assessments may be paid in two equal installments-January 1 and July 1 of each calendar year. You will receive a notice from the Associations in December and June. A onetime, non-refundable Working Capital Fee (equal to the annual assessment) for both the Master Association and the Residential Association is payable at the time of purchase.
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