New medical building planned

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— Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will hear a proposal Thursday night for a new medical building that could be built at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Taco Bell Drive.

Architect Robert McHugh's design for the 6,000-square-foot Pine Grove Medical Building is reminiscent of classic western barns.

Those characteristics include wooden columns with knee braces and a bi-pitched roof.

McHugh is also incorporating the qualities of surrounding commercial building in the Steamboat Village Commercial Center through the use of stucco, river rock and cedar siding.

The building is being developed by a limited liability company with members including Alan Rosenthal, local physician Rosanne Iversen, Lisa Harner and Warren Harner Jr.

They say their intent is to create "a friendly and comfortable ambience for any person who is in need of medical care."

Architecturally, the developers say "the intent is to maintain simplicity for both visual and practical reasons. Inspiration for the design is derived from the crisp forms observed in the western landscape.

"Although its shape can evoke images of a large barn, replication is not the objective."

City Planner Scott Woodford will tell Planning Commission he is pleased the developers added a covered walkway and the wood columns to the east side of the building facing Pine Grove.

That addition over and above the original plans "serves to make the Pine Grove elevation feel as if it is not the back-side of the building and helps to present a nicer 'face' to the street," Woodford said.

Woodford said city staff suggested the stucco on the building's exterior be replaced with wood, to enhance the western style of the building.

However they indicated a preference for retaining some stucco for its low maintenance and out of a desire to be compatible with existing buildings in the neighborhood.

The building site is less than a mile from the new Yampa Valley Medical Center. It is surrounded by vacant lots, but the Vectra Bank Building is nearby.


Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. today in the Public Safety Building at 840 Yampa St. Other items on the agenda include:

l A proposal for a 2,542-square-foot addition to a residential building at 419 Oak St., converting it to an office for Healing Hands Chiropractic.

l A proposal to add two new greenhouses to the Windemere Landscaping business on west U.S. 40.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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