Developer Chris Wittemyer said the Stagecoach Marketplace, when it is built, will have a "nice ranch/country store feel to it." Construction may begin as soon as this summer, he said.
Time line of Stagecoach development
July 2004 - Developer Chris Wittemyer, an owner of Stagecoach Ski Corp., presents a sketch plan for a 6,500-square-foot general store at Routt County Road 212 and Schussmark Trail in Stagecoach. The general store would offer gasoline pumps, a restaurant, a liquor store and space for other commercial uses.
October 2004 - Routt County commissioners approve initial plans for the proposed general store, saying the project is a "leap forward for the Stagecoach community." The store would sit on a 2.2-acre site. Wittemyer predicts the store being built by summer 2005.
June 2005 - Routt County commissioners approve final plans for the store contingent on several conditions, including amending the site's special-use permit to remove the Stagecoach Marketplace parcel from a potential ski area parcel. Wittemyer predicts construction to begin in spring 2006.
Summer 2006 - Water, sewer and electric lines are brought to the Stagecoach Marketplace construction site.
December 2006 - Wittemyer begins private discussion with parties interested in building the Stagecoach Marketplace as soon as this summer.
Steamboat Springs Three years after proposing Stagecoach's first commercial development, developer Chris Wittemyer is looking for someone else to build and operate the store.
Although the proposed 9,500-square-foot building on a 2.2-acre site in Stagecoach isn't listed in the local real estate market, Wittemyer said he is talking with several interested parties about the store. Stagecoach Marketplace would include a 24-hour gas station, a liquor store, a grocery store and a coffee shop.
"We're just trying to find the best way to get it built and make it economically viable," he said Wednesday. "It's a real chicken-and-egg situation because our goal is to set it up to succeed, not fail. To support a business, Stagecoach needs more people."
It's no secret the Stagecoach area is booming with several new housing developments, but it could take years for the Stagecoach Marketplace to support itself, Wittemyer said.
"My intention was never to operate a gas station, which is why we're looking at creating an opportunity to allow someone else to do this," he said. "It might make more sense to give someone the incentive to own the building than to just lease it."
Wittemyer said he remains optimistic that the store could be built this summer.
"Ultimately, it will be very successful. Initially, it will need a lot of support," he said. "I expect it to take years for it to be fully supported."
Construction has begun to extend water and sewer lines to Routt County Road 212 and Schussmark Trail, where the store eventually will be built. However, additional line extensions and roadwork still needs to be completed.
"It's not like this project has just sat still," he said. "Over $100,000 worth of work went into it last summer."
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