Monday, February 18, 2002
Steamboat Springs Few people think the parking lot currently sitting across the street from the Market on the Mountain is achieving the best and highest use of that land. There is considerable debate, however, on just what sort of a structure should go there.
Tonight, the Chadwick, a six-story mixed-use development at the base of the ski area, goes up for a development permit in front of the City Council.
After getting the nod from the Planning Commission by a vote of 4-2 last month, the debate will move on to the city's highest board.
The city's planning staff prepared a 219-page document for the council outlining the pros and cons of the proposal and including letters from the community but eventually, the staff believes the application should be denied.
The council will now have to weigh the advice of city staff against the advice of the Planning Commission.
"Are we interpreting (the city rules) strictly or do we look a little more broadly?" asked Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner, who said she will have to do a lot of reading before the meeting.
Bill Stuart, owner of Market on the Mountain, owns the land which is currently used as a paid parking lot and plans to move his grocery store/delicatessen/winery to the new building and expand it by 2,400 square feet. He is developing the project with Richard Friedman, a Florida-based developer.
The first floor of the building would be reserved for commercial development, which will presumably include the new 6,000-square-foot market and one other store to be determined. The other five floors would have a total of 23 condominium units, which would be about 1,900 square feet each and hold four bedrooms and four baths. It would also have underground parking.
The city planning staff feels the building is too massive for that intersection and notes that while the Mountain Town Sub-Area Plan calls for high density at the base of the mountain, the community does not necessarily want huge buildings in that area.