Overlook Park enters planning process

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— The Developers of Overlook Park have entered the city planning process to create 154 residential lots on 59 acres in the northwest corner of Steamboat Springs.
The majority of lots being proposed Jay Weinberg of Carbondale would be small -- 100 of them between 0.11 and 0.16 acres. They are intended for "bungalows" or small modular homes meeting the uniform building code.
An additional 44 hilltop lots with views of the ski area would be larger -- up to one-third of an acre -- and intended for larger homes. The plan also calls for nine duplex lots and two "pods" of light commercial development.
The commercial enterprises might include a small store, restaurant, child-care and cottage industries, owner's representative and Realtor Norbert Turek wrote in a letter to city planning staff.
Overlook Park would be created on a L-shaped parcel on the north side of U.S. Highway 40, immediately west of West End Village and West Acres mobile home park.
Weinberg submitted an application for a conceptual review to the Steamboat Springs Planning Department on Wednesday, and plans for the project are tentative. The land is zoned for more mobile homes. Weinberg thinks the zoning does not represent the best use of the land and has asked that his subdivision be considered as a planned-unit development to allow single-family building lots.
Turek said the approach at Overlook Park would be to learn from last year's development of the West End Village subdivision and refine that successful model.
The intent, Turek said, is to create a reasonable transition between the single-family structures in West End Village and mobile homes in West Acres, toward future development to the west.
Turek hopes it will be possible to build a home on a lot in Overlook Park for less than $250,000.
"Who knows what interest rates and construction costs will do?" he said.
The intent is to impose architectural guidelines at Overlook Park, and because the single-family homes will be part of a PUD, the city will be able to influence the architecture.
Turek said Weinberg would explore the possibility of developing some of the housing himself, as well as selling lots to individual owners.
Weinberg would like to begin site preparation this fall.
"It would make my owner very happy," Turek said. "He keeps asking me when we'll have machinery out there."

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205
or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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