17 townhomes proposed

Project site bracketed by Mount Werner Road, Rockies Way

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The developer of The Pines condominiums is proposing to build 17 luxury townhomes on a small parcel of land near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Brian Olson and his wife, Lisa, of Olson Development Inc., own the site for Mira Vista Townhomes, which is bracketed by Mount Werner Road and Rockies Way. Their hope is to break ground in early spring on the first of seven three-story duplexes and a triplex.

Brian Olson said his research indicates there is an unmet market demand for luxury townhomes in the range of 3,100 to 3,200 square feet in the neighborhood just below Mount Werner Circle.

"We spent a lot of time on the floor plans," he said. "We visited Vail, Beaver Creek and Telluride to gather information on successful high-end projects in those markets."

The architect is Bill Rangitsch of Steamboat Architectural As--sociates. Dennis Demara is the project manager.

Mira vista has just entered the preapplication process at the city Planning Department. City Planner Jonathan Spence noted that the purely residential project might not be a perfect fit for the site, which is zoned for a commercial neighborhood.

"A single-purpose residential development may not be appropriate on this property," Spence wrote in a memo. "A mix of uses, including office and possibly limited residential, may be more in keeping with (the zoning)."

City Planner Suzanne Bott, who since has inherited the project from Spence, noted that the townhomes are planned very close to Mount Werner Road, an arterial road that carries most of the vehicular traffic destined for the base of the ski area.

"It's a dense proposal on a small parcel," Bott said. "We have to make sure there is adequate separation between the major roadway and those residences," she said.

Olson said he already anticipates using dense landscaping like that in place at The Pines, which is in close proximity to U.S. Highway 40.

Mira Vista would offer conveniences such as heated driveways, Olson said. The site is high enough to assure permanent views of the south valley and Blacktail Mountain, he added.

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