Construction and real estate are booming in Routt County and so is business.
The problem is there are few places for tradesmen and contractors to expand their operations.
Developers of the Valley View Business Park planned for Hayden are hoping their project will help owners invest in their businesses without breaking their banks.
"We just believe there are a lot of small-business owners working out of garages who would like to expand but have no place to go," said Paul Franklin, who is developing the project with partner Jon Peddie.
The business park is slated for the southwest corner of Routt County Road 37 and Crandall Avenue south of U.S. Highway 40. It will comprise 52 lots ranging between 0.3 acres and 2 acres.
The lots will cost between $50,000 and $120,000.
The Hayden Planning Com-mission approved the preliminary plat for the project in April, and the final plat will be up for consideration in June. If all goes well, Franklin and Peddie plan to break ground on the first phase of the park in late June or early July.
The park and lots were designed with certain businesses in mind, including plumbing and electrical contractors, cabinet makers, small distribution centers, mini storages, automotive shops and small offices for veterinarians and other services.
With light industrial space scarce and expensive in Steamboat Springs, many contractors have traded proximity and convenience for more affordable business space in Craig, Franklin said.
This project is intended to give business owners a closer option, while also providing business opportunities for Hayden residents, Franklin said.
"We kind of see it as a long-term niche we're going to fill with all the residential development going on in Hayden," he said.
The proposal couldn't have come at a better time.
Hayden officials recently approved a new comprehensive plan that calls for balancing residential development with commercial and industrial projects.
Two residential subdivisions are in the planning review process. The Lake Village subdivision south of Hayden and west of C.R. 53 will have about 160 units, mostly single-family homes. That project also will include an industrial park with about 21 lots.
Dry Creek Village, proposed directly south of the Valley View Business Park, would have more than 140 residential lots.
In addition to providing property tax dollars to help support residential services, new businesses will employ residents and help keep their sales tax dollars in Hayden rather than Steamboat Springs or Craig.
The goal is to create a well-rounded community where more residents live and work.
"People will fill in that park with a lot of things that are compatible for Hayden," Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said. "There are a lot of opportunities there. If it's done right, it really is a no-brainer."
The first phase of Valley View Business Park will be made up of about 19 lots on the west end of the project. Franklin and Peddie are taking reservations for those lots.
For more information, call Franklin at 870-6360.