City planners hear retail request

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— After waiting for almost a year since his initial pre-application conference, Rod Schrage of Ski Haus will get his application for a new retail building heard tonight by Planning Commission.

Schrage hopes to move Ski Haus across Pine Grove Road to the opposite corner of Pine Grove and U.S. 40, approximately doubling the size of the store in the process.

Schrage said he will continue to sell the same equipment he has always offered in the proposed 14,111 square foot store, but will be able to offer more of it.

But first he will have to get through the city's development review process a prospect that so far has not been easy for Schrage.

Schrage approached City Council on Feb. 20 asking the group to step in to make sure his application was reviewed before too much time went by and the summer building season began.

"The summer season's coming and we don't want to build this thing in the winter," Schrage said.

Council, realizing Schrage had been delayed partially by forces outside of his control, asked staff to speed up the process and get the application onto the March 8 Planning Commission agenda.

Schrage was first delayed by the city's moratorium on major development permits which lasted from July 18 to Oct. 16, 2000.

His project was the first one held up by the 90-day delay and it put it back a number of months.

In addition, the city realized he needed a traffic study after reviewing the application. After that study came in, the city asked the applicant to go to the Colorado Department of Transportation to get an access permit because of the potential impacts to U.S. 40.

Among the topics Planning Commission will discuss tonight are the proposed building density and a sidewalk or trail Schrage is being asked to build off U.S. 40.

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