Nothing basic about ski base

Steamboat City Council to discuss complex URA issues


Past Event

Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 5 p.m.
  • Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages


Past Event

URA Open House

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


— Base area redevelopment is the focus of several meetings at Centennial Hall today.

Redevelopment planners are scheduled to conduct an open house at Centennial Hall, presenting designs for base area projects including the public promenade, "daylighting" Burgess Creek, a Ski Time Square roundabout, connecting walkways and signage. During the open house, the Steamboat Springs City Council will convene as the city's Redevelopment Authority to discuss the materials, cost estimates and $7.2 million budget for redevelopment projects.

The City Council will then conduct its regular meeting, which includes a first reading of the proposed 2007 city budget and a review of summer marketing and events by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

But the base area will likely spark the liveliest conversation.

Base area redevelopment has stalled because of a lack of a permanent funding source for future operations and maintenance costs, and because of disagreements on city housing and development policies between base area developers and the City Council.

On Oct. 27, several members of the Base Area Reinvestment Coalition sent the council a letter recommending that all base area redevelopment projects be put on hold until a better partnership can be formed between city government and private interests.

Members of the coalition will discuss base area issues, such as affordable housing requirements, with the council tonight.

Base area projects are funded by the city's urban renewal authority, or URA, which the City Council created in 2005 to raise money for public improvements around the ski area base. The URA receives revenues from future property tax and sales tax growth within the URA boundaries.

URA funding does not include future operations and maintenance costs. Redevelopment project coordinator Joe Kracum said he hopes that funding issue is resolved soon so construction can begin next spring.

"If we're going to build in April, we need to make that decision in December," Kracum said. "I need about three months from the time they give me the go-ahead to bid the job and get a contractor on site."

The council also is scheduled to address affordable housing issues Nov. 28.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

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x3skier 10 years, 5 months ago

More whining in store? Having spent the last ten winters living and working in Steamboat, I thought I had heard almost everything good and bad between town and mountain. Sorry I can't hear the whining on both sides which will probably be intense.


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