Posted at 3:30 p.m., March 25, 2016

Housing amenities maybe built across the street from college

Students request affordable housing closer to campus

Laramie County Community College is looking to benefit from the proposed Sweetgrass construction that could be across the street.

Annaliese Wiederspahn from Sweetgrass said the goal is for the development to benefit LCCC. Some comments she said she received that came from the college are that there isn’t enough housing for the students and that there are no amenities nearby.

Currently, Sweetgrass developers are receiving feedback from students, faculty and staff on what they would like to see in the development and what the development can do to benefit LCCC further.

Wiederspahn said the company wants the development to be valuable to the college through affordable housing for students and amenities.

The total site project is currently at 2,349.5 acres or 3.67 square miles.

Coming up with the idea

Del Lummis, who is in charge of the development, said the company came up with the concept years ago but is hoping to break ground starting in the spring of 2018. Wierderspahn said this is because Sweetgrass wanted to ensure each step was done correctly, especially with a project this big. Also, getting essential services to the property took time, she said.

Lummis said he was informed that they cannot start construction until there is water and sewer on the property, and they are looking to get a water line in the fall of 2017.

Currently, the plan includes apartments, all levels of single-family housing, retail and recreation. Lummis said it would be like a town square. A church has even shown interest in property on the site, but it is a concept that is being refined.

However, he said the project will take time once it is started. It can take 40 years to build out, but he plans on starting construction right across the street from LCCC so the college can start receiving the benefits as soon as possible.

“Sweetgrass is being developed independently by the Lummis family on their property,” Wiedersphan said.

Both Wiederspahn and Lummis said right now they are taking feedback from the college and wants as much input as possible while the project is in the early timeline. Comments about the development can be left at Sweetgrasswy.com.