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Retreat center planned at former senior care facility

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By Sandy Barnes

A Denver couple is seeking rezoning to open a small retreat center in Marshdale.

If Jefferson County commissioners approve rezoning for the property, the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 will become available for short-term rentals to families and businesses.

Last October, Luke and Renda Beard purchased the 10-bedroom property, where a senior care facility had operated, and renovated it. After getting an initial permit from Jeffco Planning and Zoning, the Beards began advertising the property on a vacation rental online site.

When purchasing it, Renda Beard said, she and her husband thought the property could accommodate wedding groups and businesspeople who might want a place for retreats and conferences.

However, the couple discovered that the property requires rezoning from the present Mountain Residential-1 to Planned Development before it could be rented on a short-term basis.

A community meeting was held earlier this month to gauge support for the retreat center, which is near The Bistro restaurant. Jeffco planner Alan Tiefenbach, who is managing the rezoning case, said that there is general support for the retreat center. Rezoning requests for special uses in residential areas typically create some controversy, he added.

According to recently revised regulations for planned development zoning, homes with 11 bedrooms or fewer can be rented for less than 30 days by one group at a time, Tiefenbach said.

The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission will review the rezoning request in the coming months and will make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which will vote on the issue.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.