Multi-use project proposed for Hayden

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— Two young developers are proposing a major project in Hayden and want to break ground next month.

"It's exciting because it's actually going to happen," said Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin.

The Creek View Town Homes and Plaza development plan calls for 21 town homes in addition to a multi-use commercial building. The commercial building is expected to include both residential and commercial units.

The development would be on a 3.21-acre parcel south of U.S. Highway 40, east of Dry Creek and west of an alley between Fifth and Sixth streets. About 25 percent of the property would be set aside as open space.

The developers proposing the project, Stefanus Nijsten, 27, and his brother Louis Nijsten, 25, came to Steamboat Springs from the Netherlands. Stefanus Nijsten has built homes in Milner and Phippsburg. Now the brothers are thinking bigger.

"We looked in this area to see what there is a need for," said Louis Nijsten. "Everyone knows there is a need for affordable housing."

He said the townhomes would be "cheaper than the average for the area."

The three-story 1,720 square-foot townhome units will be a mix of two and three-bedroom units with an attached one- or two-car garage.

The brothers hope to start pre-selling the town homes during the upcoming months.

They propose dividing the land into three commercial blocks and three multi-family blocks. Three of the blocks would be used for the townhomes. A restaurant that has been closed for the past two years would remain on one of the blocks. Louis Nijsten said they want to reopen the restaurant.

One of the three commercial blocks would be sold. Uses for the commercial building have not been determined, but the upper level could be used for storage, offices or mixed-use dwellings. Louis Nijsten said he envisions a pharmacy, movie store, offices or other similar businesses on the main floor.

"Hayden is, for sure, an interesting market for us," Louis Nijsten said.

He said rising home prices in Steamboat would make Hayden a more attractive place to live.

Planners said in a letter to the planning commission they "believe the multi-family housing proposed will help retain the working family character of the town and help retain the community heritage of close generation ties, by providing lower cost housing."

A walking trail would be constructed along Dry Creek.

"We're trying to make it very pedestrian-friendly," Nijsten said.

Hayden's Planning Com------mission is expected to decide on the site plan and preliminary plat May 11.

--To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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