Developers propose 23 townhouses, five condos

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Three ADA compliant condominiums are in the mix of 28 residential units being proposed for a site on Walton Creek Road.

Partners Tony Cacioppo, Scott Lucas and John L. Tay--lor have applied to the city of Steamboat Springs for a development permit for the Aspens at Walton Creek project. It comprises seven buildings containing three or four townhouses, plus a five-condominium building.

Of the five condos, two would be dedicated as employee-housing units. The other three would be built for residents with disabilities. One would be a type B "visitable" ADA unit, and two more would be type A multi-level ADA units.

"I have some friends who have ADA requirements, and I want to put my mouth where my heart is," Cacioppo said. "We're just trying to build a modest income project."

He said they tentatively hope to bring the 1,536-square-foot townhouses to market in the range of $350,000 to $450,000.

The project would combine two previously platted lots to gain enough land to allow construction of an interior lane, James Henry of Jake's Drafting Service wrote in a letter to the Planning Department. Cacioppo, a 15-year resident of Steamboat, and Lucas, of Ashburn, Va., purchased one of the two lots a year ago. The other is owned by Taylor, of Woodland Hills California.

The site fronts Walton Creek Road just west of Chinook Lane and the existing Deer Creek condominiums. It is close to Walton Creek, but it does not adjoin the stream.

The developers' plan is to build Aspen Leaf Lane down the boundary line of the two lots, linking Walton Creek Road with Mariah Court to the south. One corner of the property adjoins a corner of the existing Willowbrook at Steamboat single-family subdivision.

The townhouse buildings would be built in rows on either side of the lane. They would present a two-story-plus façade to the street, and would offer three levels of living space with the lowest level partially below grade. The townhouses would offer single-car garages.

Cacioppo said the townhouse buildings would be a blend of prefab and on-site construction with three types of cedar siding and real stone details on the exterior.

The three-bedroom townhouse will offer 3.5 baths, a living room, family room and utility room.

City Planner Bob Keenan confirmed the existing multi-family zoning on the land is consistent with the proposal.

Henry indicated in his letter to planning staff that the developers propose to build the project in four phases unless demand justified an accelerated pace.

The intent is to begin the first phase in spring 2006, including paving, sidewalks and the first two buildings.

Preliminary inquiries into The Aspens at Walton Creek are being fielded by Shawn Donnelly at 879-6296.

-- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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