Heavy equipment was pushing dirt around at the planned new site of Cook Chevrolet, Olds, Jeep, Subaru on Steamboat Springs' west side this week. However, Scott Cook, owner of the car dealership, said he has hurdles to clear before construction of the building can take place.
Cook said he obtained a permit to complete site preparation work from the city of Steamboat Springs and decided to proceed to save time while he continues working toward a major development permit from the city.
"We'd like to be ready to begin (constructing the building) in August," Cook said.
That might allow his business to move by January or February. Cook has not put out construction drawings for bid proposals and has not selected a general contractor, he said. Native Excavating is performing the site prep work.
Cook hopes to build a new 12,000-square-foot showroom at U.S. Highway 40 and Curve Court just west of his current satellite dealership. Cook has a large showroom in Craig, but its Steamboat location does not allow cars to be displayed indoors.
Cook owns the 4-acre site, which was planned as the site of a hotel and offices within the larger "Curve Development."
Plans for the building anticipate 10,000 square feet on the main level for the showroom floor, reception and office areas. Major repair facilities would remain at the Cook dealership in Craig. The site plan would allow expansion of the repair area in the future.
The building's second story would offer about 2,000 square feet of leasable space.
City Planner Tom Leeson previously told Steamboat Today that the new Cook site is in a commercial zone district, which permits automobile dealerships as a conditional use.
Cook's project also must undergo architectural review. Leeson previously has praised the architecture.
The city's desire for heavy landscaping along U.S. 40 and Cook's desire to ensure cars on the lot are visible from the highway have been an area of contention in the approval process.
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