Sound check for new pavilion

City planners to review revamped venue for Strings

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What: Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City planning offices at 871-8258 for more information.

Also tonight

The Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee is hosting a public forum tonight to provide updates about studies related to future use of the airport on County Road 129. The forum begins at 7 p.m. in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Lodge, 845 Howelsen Parkway.

— Check, one. Check, two. Check, check on the new pavilion.

Plans for a completely redesigned and upgraded concert venue for Strings in the Mountains will be presented to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight. It is the first public hearing for the 9,107-square-foot pavilion that Strings President Kay Clagett has called a "spectacular building."

Tonight's Planning Com-mission meeting also includes a review of final development plans for the Boathouse Pub, a renovation project to create a pub, restaurant and upstairs residence at 609 Yampa St.

A new Strings pavilion would replace the existing performing arts tent. Last month, Clagett said a more permanent structure for Strings will "catapult the organization."

Strings is working with architect Bill Rangitsch of Steamboat Architectural Associates on the pavilion's design, which features "a bowstring truss" that supports the roof of the pavilion and evokes the bridge of stringed instruments such as the cello.

City planning staff says the redesign requests no variances from city building codes and meets criteria for approval, contingent on several minor conditions, primarily involving the parking agreement Strings has with American Skiing Co. for the use of the Meadows parking lot.

Strings is continuing a campaign to fund the pavilion's estimated cost of $3 million, meaning the construction timetable is uncertain.

Clagett has said the new pavilion would not expand Strings' seating capacity of 550, but would add "depth" to the stage, enhance the performance experience and solve ongoing maintenance problems with the existing tent.

City planning staff also reports favorably on plans for the Boathouse Pub, which currently is a vacated residential structure adjacent to Butcherknife Creek. The remodeled building will include rear decks 10 feet from the Yampa River. Planning documents call the redesign a "handsome, stylish addition to the streetscape."

The pub and restaurant would be just blocks from The Olympian, an approved mixed-use development at the corner of Fifth and Yampa, and the proposed Riverwalk development. The Yampa Street location would allow project applicant Howard Ulep, working through Steve Eggleston of Steamboat, to capitalize on a street that local developers and some Steamboat Springs City Council members have identified as home to significant future growth.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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