Routt County commissioners will look at final development plans today for a much-awaited general store in Stagecoach, the first commercial development in the area.
In October, commissioners approved the initial plans for the proposed store, which would be about 4,900 square feet with gasoline pumps, a restaurant, a liquor store, coffee shop and a space for other commercial uses. Stagecoach Ski Corp. is the applicant in the project.
The store is proposed for a 2.2-acre site at Routt County Road 212 and Schussmark Trail. It would be a central location to the 500 planned and existing homes in the Stagecoach area.
On Monday, commissioners said the proposal is similar to the Clark Store and noted it would have a 24-hour gas station.
"In that area, development is finally starting to occur. It is becoming a probable area that would be able to (support) affordable housing," Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison said.
At a June 2 Routt County Planning Commission meeting, the board approved the final plans.
The applicants proposed a two-phase project with one commercial building for each phase. The first phase will have a two-story, 9,860-square-foot building with a general store, coffee shop, liquor store and office space. The first phase also would have gas pumps covered by a lighted canopy.
Parking for the store would be accessed from C.R. 212 and Schussmark Trail. Architectural plans call for a ranch style building with board and battens siding, a wrap-around porch and a steeply pitched gabled metal roof.
An outdoor seating deck would have views toward Stagecoach Reservoir, Blacktail Mountain and Young's Peak.
At the Planning Commission meeting, Chris Wittemyer, of Stagecoach Ski Corp., noted the gas pumps would be accessible 24 hours a day with a credit card and the canopy would remain lit. Planning commissioners had questions about the lighting, potential gas leaks and the traffic layout.
Planning Commissioner John Ayer said the project would serve a real need in the community, and Planning Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush commended the applicants for preserving a nearby aspen grove, according to minutes from that meeting.
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