Retail kiosk going away

Downtown commercial center poised to expand

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The owners of Fifth Street Marketplace have plans to expand their downtown Steamboat Springs commercial center, where a small retail kiosk stands at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Architect Dennis DeMara of Steamboat Architectural Associates has filed an application for a development permit with the city on behalf of Steamboat Partnership LLP. Plans call for a 1,526-square-foot addition to the commercial center. It would be built in a triangular courtyard on the street corner, with frontage on Lincoln Avenue and Fifth Street.

Bruce Caplowe, managing partner for Fifth Street Partnership, was careful to say not all of the courtyard will be filled in. A rectangular slice of the courtyard will remain open.

That's where a tent houses bedding plants for Steamboat Floral in the spring, and later provides patio seating for Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. It will be improved upon, Caplowe said.

Caplowe said the kiosk wasn't big enough for a business to succeed. The kiosk will be removed to make way for the expansion.

The front door of the new retail space will sit at a 45-degree angle to the street corner, leaving some extra space for the sidewalk.

City Planner Jonathan Spence said the addition to the building would create a continuous street frontage in the downtown shopping district.

"I like the fact that they're going out there and grabbing the corner," Spence said.

Fifth Street Marketplace was built in 1990, and parking regulations were tighter at that time, Spence said. The commercial center originally was given some credit for providing enough land to allow diagonal parking in front of the building on Fifth Street. There are some parking details to be worked out with the proposed expansion, Spence said.

-- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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