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Chat live with Steamboat 700 project manager Danny Mulcahy

September 18, 2009

Danny Mulcahy

Mulcahy will answer reader questions about the proposed master-planned community in west Steamboat Springs.

This chat has already taken place. Read the transcript below.

Moderator

Hello everyone, and thanks for joining us! My name is Mike Lawrence and I'll be moderating today's chat with Danny Mulcahy, principal and project manager of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. Let's see if we're set up and ready to go. Danny, are you here?

Danny Mulcahy

yes, I am thank you for inviting me to this chat

Moderator

All right, looks like we're up and running. Danny, the first thing I'll ask about is last night's Planning Commission meeting, where Steamboat 700 received a recommendation to City Council. What's your take on how the discussion went last night?

Danny Mulcahy

I was impressed by their attention to detail. I thought they all had a good grasp of the facts. It was a lot information and they studied it for more then a year.

Moderator

Concerns about Steamboat 700 appear to be concentrated around the size of the project. Traffic impacts, housing impacts, infrastructure needs, etc. If City Council approves the annexation on second reading Oct. 13, what are short-term and long-term timelines for development?

Danny Mulcahy

very good question- this is a very long term development and even Sarah last night pointed out it could very well take more then 20 years to build out as most of the other annexations in the City have. Our short term goals are to start the design and engineering of the infrastructure and then depending on the market conditions start that infrastructure in 2011. Again ,depending on market demands we hope to start residential construction in 2012. Obviously, if there is not any demand within that time period we will not start vertical construction. Fortunetly, we have a variety of product types the market doesn't have so we should have some opportunities from apartments to small lots to row houses to commercial.
Long term the development will be phased according to our infrastructure requirements and market conditions.

Moderator

What was the biggest concern you heard from the Planning Commission last night?

Danny Mulcahy

traffic concerns and the bottleneck in particular

Moderator

What's your response to traffic concerns?

Danny Mulcahy

Traffic has been a problem for years and will continue to grow if the community doesn't take action. Unfortuetly, our growth policies have pushed more of our workforce out of the city limits and forced them to drive into town. Without services, housing, recreations, and transit solution in the west part of town we force everyone through town.
The only way to solve traffic is to actually deal with it and the best way to do that is to form partnerships.
SB700's development is completly dependent on the US40 improvements we are contributing 16+ million dollars to the community which over the long term should enable the community to partner with the State and Feds. If that never happens then the total build out of SB700 will likely not be realized.

Moderator

Let's try for two more quick questions, if we can. This next question is from a reader:

mstensland

What do you think a three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family-home will cost in Steamboat 700.

Danny Mulcahy

the pricing runs the gamit we have lots as small as 4500sqft to half acres, and the small lot house should start in the low to mid 300's.

Danny Mulcahy

i like this forum and wish i had more time. i will be happy to schedule another chat for an hour or more next week but I have to go. Please forward any remaining questions to my blog at steamboat700.com

Moderator

Thanks, Danny. The last question addresses a key point: what happens if City Council denies Steamboat 700, or a citizen-led petition drive overturns a council approval?

mstensland

Have there been times when you have thought this project would not come to fruition?

kbchiampa

How much of 700 do you plan to develop and how much are you going to sell off to other investors? How are future developers required to adhere to the plan you have proposed to the council?

Moderator

Danny, I also posted a question from reader "kbchiampa." I realize you're out of time at the moment, but we're publishing a transcript of this chat in Saturday's Steamboat Today. Danny, if you have time to answer chiampa's question later today and send me a response, I'll include it in tomorrow's transcript.

Danny Mulcahy

there are a number of alternatives but it will likely be developed as 35 acre or 5 acre conservation district and will be deed restricted never to allow urban development

Moderator

OK. Thanks for your time today, Danny. Where can people with questions about Steamboat 700 contact you?

Danny Mulcahy

As the master developer will deliver all the back bone infrastructure and build various housing and commercial types as our experience and the market dictates. We will always maintain the creative control to ensure a harmonious development. Other builders will be held to an exact standard resulting from our design guidelines.

Danny Mulcahy

thank you I will answer all the remaining questions on my blog later today if you have any

Moderator

Great. Thanks again, Danny. And thanks to readers for checking in today.

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