Size of One Steamboat Place becomes an issue again

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Paige Eivins puts her best foot forward during a game of kickball at Howelsen Hill Monday, while playing with a city-run summer program. Tonight, the Steamboat Springs City Council could act on a resolution approving city funds for a Youth Programs room to be built in the new Soda Creek Elementary School.

On the agenda

4 p.m. City Council meets in executive, or secret, session to continue the evaluation of City Manager Alan Lanning

5 p.m. City staff reports; motion reviewing nomination of Mesa Schoolhouse for National Register of Historic Places; motion for a one-time, $35,385 donation to Strings in the Mountains, to essentially waive city excise and tap fee taxes for new facility; resolution approving city funding for a Youth Programs room in the new Soda Creek Elementary School; second reading of an ordinance revising the city's vacation home rental policies

7 p.m. Public comment; final development plan for One Steamboat Place, a 464,736-square-foot mixed-use development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area

— Utility work already has begun at the future site of One Steamboat Place, but final plans for the resort-style development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area still have one hurdle to clear.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to act tonight on the final development plan for the $115 million, 465,000-square-foot project slated for a site on AprÃs Ski Way and Mount Werner Circle. The Timbers Company of Snowmass is developing One Steamboat Place, to be built by Haselden Resort Constructors.

The big question is size.

At a meeting June 28, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission cast a narrow 4-3 vote to recommend approval of the project to the City Council. Commissioners Steve Lewis, Dana Stopher and Rich Levy voted against the recommendation, citing concerns about the building's shape, rooflines and square footage.

"It certainly didn't sail through the Planning Commission," said John Eastman, assistant director of the city's planning department. "There were definitely concerns expressed about how it related to what had previously been approved."

One Steamboat Place already has a city-approved development plan, which details the project's mass and scale. In the final development plan, which addresses architecture and design issues, Eastman said a 5 percent increase in size is permissible for review, in some cases.

Architect Danny Darr said the square footage proposed in the development plan was 440,660 square feet, as opposed to 462,034 in the final plan - an increase of 4.85 percent.

Eastman said One Steamboat Place is in compliance with city regulations.

"Throughout the two-and-a-half years this has been working its way through the planning process, the mass and scale of the building has been an issue all along," he added.

Tonight's City Council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall on 10th Street.

Also on the agenda is a second and potentially final reading of proposed revisions to the city's vacation home rental ordinance, which regulates homes in residential neighborhoods that are rented to short-term vacationers and sometimes used for private functions.

The City Council has wrestled with the vacation home rental ordinance for months and unanimously approved its first reading June 19. The City Council tabled a second reading at a meeting July 3.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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