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Steamboat Springs teen center on the table

Council to address final plan for addition to Howelsen Ice Arena

Mike Lawrence

— There's no allocated funding or construction schedule yet, but city officials could take a significant step tonight toward the long-held goal of providing dedicated space for local teens.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will address tonight the final plan for a three-story, 11,117-square-foot expansion of Howelsen Ice Arena. The expansion would include a teen center, game rooms, concessions, restrooms, meeting rooms and more. Modified plans for the expansion include a larger entrance and more windows facing Howelsen Parkway.

The proposed expansion comes late in tonight's City Council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 5:35 p.m. in Centennial Hall on 10th Street.

Approval for an eventual ice arena expansion expired in 2005. Approval of the current plan again would allow development of the ice arena. City Manager Jon Roberts said Monday that there is no specific timetable for the expansion.

"There is no financing plan, no funds identified," Roberts said. "But you want to have projects that are shelf ready."

Tonight's City Council agenda also includes a 7 p.m. update from a Colorado Department of Transportation representative about the downtown repaving project's progress and schedule. The project has experienced significant delays because of weather and likely will extend into next fall. City Council President Cari Hermacinski expressed concern Monday that the project may not even finish next fall, however, and said she plans to allow questions from the public in addition to her own.

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"I'd like to make that conversation as broad as possible," Hermacinski said.

In addition to tonight's update, Scott Contracting and CDOT are hosting a public information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Hall.

Also tonight, City Council will consider a resolution that would change the name of New Victory Parkway to Gossard Parkway, in honor of the late philanthropist, arts advocate and Emerald Mountain conservationist Gloria Gossard. The New Victory Parkway, also known as the New Victory Highway, is under construction west of downtown Steamboat Springs and would have bisected the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

The road will run behind West Acres Mobile Home Park, provide a loop road to West End Village and could service the proposed Overlook Park development, which is in the city planning process.

Overlook Park developers spurred the start of New Victory Highway construction in the fall as a stepping-stone to their project's approval. Some West Acres residents have fought the road's construction, largely because of a greenbelt the road would replace and the road's impacts to their leased lots, several of which adjoin a city easement for construction.

Rich Casson, representing the Gossard family, responded to city staff's request to consider the family name for the parkway, and authorized that consideration.

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

When: 5:35 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Contact: Call city offices at 970-879-2060 or visit for more information

On the agenda

■ 5:35 p.m. Discussion of a possible downtown hospitality zone to facilitate cooperation between nighttime economy and nearby residents and other stakeholders; update from the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District; presentation about improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport; resolution to change the New Victory Parkway’s name to Gossard Parkway, in honor of the late philanthropist Gloria Gossard; proposed appointments to the city planning commission and board of adjustment

■ 7 p.m. Public comment; update on downtown repaving project by a Colorado Department of Transportation representative; second and potentially final reading of ordinance to impose fees on those responsible for unnecessary emergency alarms; proposed final development plan for addition to Howelsen Ice Arena, for uses including a teen center; Clear Water Studios appeal of city decision denying development on two parcels at Betterview Business Park

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