Business park proposed for 13h Street

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Developer Mike Kortas of Betterview LLC hopes to annex 9 acres of land on 13th Street into the city of Steamboat Springs to develop six new light industrial lots. He is calling the development Betterview Business Park.

The parcel of land is on the south side of 13th Street (Twentymile Road) opposite light industrial and warehouse buildings that are within city limits.

"I'm planning to create developable lots," Kortas said. "I've already had interest in them."

Kortas said he did a tentative site plan on one of the biggest lots and determined it could accommodate a 5,400-square-foot building. The site is constrained by about 2 acres of wetlands and steep elevations to the rear of some of the lots.

City Planner Tom Leeson said this week that the parcel is within the urban growth boundary defined by the Steamboat Springs Area Plan, and is identified as being eligible for annexation in the "future land-use map."

Annexation implies that City Council would have to approve an enabling ordinance.

"Planning Commission has told (Kortas) they would look favorably on annexation as long as they come in with a subdivision that wouldn't require a lot of variances (from the community development code)," Leeson said.

The parcel of land is wide and shallow, and it could be a challenge to meet all of the requirements for sidewalks and landscaping while still creating six lots, Leeson added.

Kortas said sidewalks could prove to be a significant burden. He estimates he has 2,000 feet of linear road frontage because the site is so wide and shallow. He estimates the cost of an 8-foot sidewalk at $100,000.

"That's almost $18,000 per lot," Kortas said. "I have to make sure it's economically feasible."

Some of the businesses across the street from the proposed Betterview site include Caveman Stone Supply, Native Excavating, Cogswell Construction, Routt Fire and Safety, Weston Oil and RAC Transport. The southeast boundary of the property is adjacent to the Steamboat Springs School District's bus garage.

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