Cook Chevrolet may go west

Car dealer plans new facility

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— Cook Chevrolet, Olds, Jeep, Subaru would like to build a new home, less than a half mile west of its present showroom.

Documents on file with the city of Steamboat Springs show owner Scott Cook would like to build a 7,000-square-foot showroom and vehicle display lot on four acres at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Curve Court. The site is north of Windemere Landscaping and across Curve Court from the Steamboat Pilot & Today building.

"The building will house a showroom, small service area, customer lobby and administrative office," project planner Peter Patten wrote in a memo to city staff. Cook was not available for comment Monday.

The land is owned by Curve Development Corp. and was originally approved in 1998 for a hotel and commercial center. Since that time, national discount chain Target placed the property under an option to buy, but did not act on it.

The proposal is scheduled to undergo a preliminary review of its technical aspects with city staff today. Cook has elected to go through the pre-application process and no public hearings have been set.

The tentative site plan indicates the sole entrance would be on Curve Court. The vehicle display lot would be set back from U.S. Highway 40 with its narrowest dimension facing the highway. However, Patten said the developers will seek some lenience in the landscaping code to allow replacement of mature trees with lower shrubs and grasses to ensure some of the vehicles are visible to passing motorists. In exchange, Cook proposes intense landscaping at the intersection of the highway and Curve Court, as well as at the entrance.

The automotive sales business also requires adequate outdoor lighting to deter vandalism, Patten said.

Sidewalks are planned along the highway and Curve Court.

The city's new community development code removed auto sales as a use by right on the property. Under the code, it is a conditional use.

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