The city Planning Commission will be reviewing plans for a 28,800-square-foot commercial building next to Central Park Plaza at its meeting today.
Adjacent to Wal-Mart, the new building would hold multiple tenants.
Some of those tenants would come from the shopping center, allowing their former neighbors to expand.
The building is the final phase of the Central Park Plaza. When the shopping center project was approved in 1992, the final phase was planned as a slightly larger building.
City Planner Tom Leeson said the building has to go back through the City Council and Planning Commission review process because the architecture has changed.
The planning department recommends approval of the development and final development plans.
The developer is St. Louis, Mo.-based Michael Staenberg of THF Steamboat Springs Development LLC. He also owns all the smaller retail spaces in the shopping center.
Staenberg is asking for a landscaped variance and a reduction in the amount of landscaping.
The city requires a 50-foot-wide landscaping setback for properties along U.S. Highway 40 and within the community commercial zoning district.
Leeson said a 50-foot setback is impractical for the site with utility easements, the proposed sidewalk, and a steep grade drop off from the U.S. 40 on-ramp. He also said that the landscaping with southern exposures would need significant irrigation and would be difficult to maintain.
The building will be of the same scale as the other buildings in Central Park Plaza. It will also have similar colors, materials and an overall architectural style, but with new features to reduce the visual impact of the large building.
Leeson said elements would be added to the roof to break up the rooflines. Plans indicate the roof will have brick-like concrete tile.
Also, all four sides of the building will have architectural details. A greater variety of materials will be used than what was used in the existing buildings. Forest green flashing and burgundy accent stucco are planned, along with windows made of aluminum-clad wood in a dark gray color.
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