Steamboat Springs Construction of the latest phase of the Christie Club condominiums this winter will not eliminate an important transit turnaround at the upper end of Ski Time Square, city officials said.
Christie Club is located near the bottom of the Christie chairlift at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. For many years, city buses, as well as private vehicles, have used an unpaved circular turnaround to negotiate the upper end of Ski Time Square. The turnaround has always been on private property, developer Jon Peddie said.
City Manager Paul Hughes said Wednesday the terms of the land sale from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., to the original developers of the Christie Club, allow the ski corp. to require that the transit turnaround be preserved via an easement.
The turnaround will be moved when the new building goes in, Hughes said. The new turnaround will remain in place at least until an alternative is developed or until the city says it is no longer needed, Hughes said.
The developers of the new Christie Club building are Peddie and Ken Gold. They purchased the project from another development group.
Peddie said on Wednesday that he and Gold are currently in negotiations with a third party who owns an adjacent parking lot where they would like to relocate the transit turnaround. Peddie said he believes there are incentives for the ski corp., his own development and the third party to reach agreement on the site.
Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Sept. 19 to approve a revised major development permit for Christie Club Building D. That revision will allow Peddie and Gold to reduce the number of units in the building from 25 to 18, while increasing the size of each.
The Christie Club was originally approved by the city in 1994, and the first phase, buildings A and B, was built. The original property is managed as a luxury, interval-ownership development. Peddie said his new building will not be managed the same way. The new Christie Club building will be wholly owned and will provide its own amenities, including a swimming pool.
Construction will begin this year.
"Breaking ground and building through the winter will allow us to have the product ready for occupancy next winter," Peddie said. "By the time next summer rolls around, it should have less impact on the neighboring buildings."
The new building, arranged in two wings in a V shape, will be one unit deep, with two, two-story units stacked one atop another.
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