Planning board OKs Design Center

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— An interior design shopping center proposed for the west end of Steamboat Springs received a unanimous vote of approval from the city Planning Commission on Thursday.

The planning commissioners voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the Design Center at Steamboat, a 21,658-square-foot building proposed for a two-acre lot on Curve Court next door to Peterson Funeral Home and across the street from Sears and Steamboat Lumber.

Developer Chris Haight said he plans to fill the retail spaces with stores that offer furnishings, counters, appliances and other building needs. The warehouse-type building will have five stores on the first level and four stores on the second level, as well as a residential unit.

The building will be sided with concrete block and stucco in beige, taupe and brown.

"I think from an architectural standpoint, it's a nice mix of materials," Planning Commissioner Kathy Meyer said. "It's a nicely designed industrial building."

The panel agreed the building will be a good addition for the west side of town.

"It's a big building but it's handled nicely with the articulation. My initial concern was the size of the thing, but it looks OK," Planning Commissioner Ken Miller said.

City planner Kathleen Easley told Haight to revise a landscape plan to include a total of 20 trees and 60 shrubs.

City Council will review the project on May 9.

In other action, the Planning Commission postponed a conceptual review of an 11-lot single family development between Pine Grove Road and Montview Lane. The Christner development was rescheduled to June 8. The 13-acre site across from the Chart House restaurant contains a highly visible knoll that city planners have designated as a skyline area.

Reviews of two developments totaling 118 units on Village Drive were postponed to May 11.

Wintergreen Homes' plan for lots 1 and 2 of Sunray Meadows call for 16 duplexes and 16 triplexes on 11 acres between Village Drive and Columbine Drive. City planners and the applicant will attempt to resolve issues with site layout and the private road connection to Columbine Drive.

Heinz Anstein's plan for lots 5 and 6 of Sunray Meadows would subdivide almost eight acres into two single family lots and 18 duplex lots on the corner of Village Drive and Meadow Lane. City planners and Anstein plan to resolve a possible issue with the open space requirement for the project.


-- To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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