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City could make community center location official

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The future site of a new Steamboat Springs community center could be made official tonight.

The City Council is scheduled to review a resolution during its meeting today that specifies that the Stock Bridge Transit Center area will be the location for the new community center. According to the city's home rule charter, a resolution is a record of official action; therefore, the resolution would solidify the council's decision to build on the Stock Bridge site.

What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Citizens Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

The council voted, 6-1, on May 23 in favor of moving forward with planning for a community center at the Stock Bridge site, which is west of downtown. Towny Anderson was the dissenting vote.

The city is building a new community center because the old one must be torn down to make room for the voter-approved expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Also tonight, city staff will ask council members to provide final direction about the size and function of the facility. The council had set aside $1.5 million for the project, but initial estimates indicate the building will be more expensive.

Three options are proposed by staff: a $1.7 million, 5,250-square-foot facility that replicates the existing community center; a $2.4 million, 7,300-square-foot building that would accommodate the same function as the existing center; or a $4.3 million, 13,500-square-foot facility that would include a teen center, activity room and toddler room.

Several council members consistently have voiced support for building a community center that includes spaces dedicated to teens and children. But some members have expressed concern about going too far over budget.

According to a city memo, the council must make a decision about the size of the building to allow the architect time to complete the design phase and to allow time for the proposal to go through the planning process. Because of a promise made by the council, library officials cannot begin their expansion project until a new community center is completed. The library faces a deadline based on bond issuance.

In other business today, the council will:

n Hear a presentation about redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Consultants Kracum Resources and Wenk Associates will present ideas for the redevelopment. The ideas have been prioritized by a group called the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee. An open house for the project is at 3 p.m. today in Centennial Hall.

n Be updated about discussions about a proposed artificial turf field in the Heritage Park neighborhood. The council soon must decide what to do with a $150,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant awarded for the project, which is different than the artificial turf field the school district plans to install at Steamboat Springs High School. City staff members have been talking with Heritage Park residents about their concerns regarding the field.

n Review a resolution approving an employment agreement with Alan Lanning, the city's newly hired city manager. Lanning begins work after the July 4 holiday.

n Hear a report from the city attorney about development of a distribution plan for Westland Mobile Home Park residents. The residents will be displaced by a development project that is in the planning process. A meeting about the issue is at 6 p.m. June 15 in Centennial Hall.

n Review two aspects of a proposed development called Graystone Park, a 17-lot subdivision on Golf Course Road. During the Planning Commission's review of the project, neighbors expressed concern about density and traffic.

Many of the topics on tonight's agenda are scheduled for discussion only, meaning council members will not take final action.

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