Steamboat West group hosts open house for public input

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Steamboat 700

700 acres of land west of Steamboat Springs is primed for development

700 acres of land west of Steamboat Springs is primed for development

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Project manager Danny Mulcahy explains how he envisions the layout of Steamboat West from a high spot on the property where the planned 700-acre development will be located. The property, once owned by Steve and Mary Brown, could feature a variety of homes, commercial and office space, parks, trails and "support retail" that could include a grocery store.

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What: Open house hosted by Steamboat 700 LLC to gather public input on preliminary designs and planning for the 700-acre Steamboat West property, across U.S. Highway 40 from the Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway

Call: Danny Mulcahy, project manager for Steamboat West, at 846-2192 for more information.

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Learn about Steamboat West online at www.steamboatwest...>

— From a two-track dirt road atop a shale-covered hill, vast open fields and hillsides unroll in every direction. A few rusty, dented trucks sit in a makeshift junkyard. The slopes of Steamboat Ski Area are a green backdrop in the distance.

The land won't be empty for long.

One day, these fields and hillsides will be a new community called Steamboat West, potentially filled with homes, offices, a town center, parks, trails, and "support retail" that could include a grocery store. Sitting north of U.S. Highway 40 and west of downtown Steamboat Springs, across the highway from the Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park, Steamboat West is a 700-acre site that will be a focal point for Steamboat's growth during the next 20 years.

"This isn't a second-home neighborhood," Danny Mulcahy, project manager for Steamboat West, said at the site Monday. "This is for people who live and work in this community. The houses will have to reflect those prices."

Steamboat 700 LLC bought 540 acres of the property from Steve and Mary Brown in March for about $25 million. Steamboat 700 has an adjoining 160 acres under contract. The group is hosting an open house Thursday evening to gather input from the public about preliminary plans, designs and concepts for the site.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill.

Mulcahy said Steamboat West could include "a complete mix of projects" and will reflect the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan, adopted by the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County in 1999 and updated in 2006.

"What I'm putting in front of the community will be a framework for growth," Mulcahy said. "The actual neighborhood designs will be an ongoing process for the next 20 years. :This is not something that will come out of the ground overnight."

Mulcahy said plans for Steamboat West will work with the site's hilly topography to avoid over-excavation. The site also includes a significant amount of wetlands.

"There's a ton of open space," Mulcahy said. "A very extensive trail network is planned."

Mulcahy said that in discussions with community members who live and work west of downtown, the "biggest desire" for Steamboat West is a grocery store, which could be built on the site close to U.S. 40.

Traffic issues also are a huge concern and will "essentially dictate the total density of this site altogether," Mulcahy said.

A primary road for the site will be the New Victory Highway, which could span the site east to west from Overlook Park to the Silver Spur subdivision. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled tonight to consider a resolution approving a portion of that highway within city limits, from Downhill Drive to Overlook Park.

Steamboat West also will include a north-south road connecting U.S. 40 to Routt County Road 129, Mulcahy said.

Thursday's open house will kick off a lengthy public process for Steamboat West.

"We're really working hard to get forums set up so we can have a lot of work sessions about that area, so that people have an idea of what's going on," City Council President Susan Dellinger said. "It's kind of designing a town. :We have a chance to do a really good project out there."

The 700-acre Steamboat West site is bigger than 14 Wildhorse Meadows, the 47-acre development under construction on Mount Werner Road near The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

"I hope to be annexed within a year," Mulcahy said. "We want to break ground on infrastructure as soon as we're annexed. We won't waste any time."

Comments

ThreeJobs 6 years, 9 months ago

Full time residents need full time services in addition to a grocery store in Steamboat West. Would really be a shame to go to the Super Walmart in Craig when we could have our own Target or similiar "real people" department store in this development.

The City council would have to let the FREE market decide what types of retail should build there instead of trying to micro manage and protect the lone busting-at-the-seams Walmart in town. Having diverse retail in Steamboat West would in no way dilute the tourist perception of downtown "western" Steamboat.

Susan, Ken and the rest need to get down off their tired high horses and realize that locals don't shop on main street. Save us the trips to Denver and Ft. Collins and ENCOURAGE some real retail in Steamboat West!

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

A critical point has been missed here.

"Infrasturcture" means water and sewer service. Very expensive stuff. Waiting to be annexed by the city so that water and sewer lines can be run out there is a very big deal. Hopefully, the existing capacity is sufficient or plans are being made to expand it.

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ghrohrs3 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh boy! New land to develop and destroy! Hey, everybody, I'm Steamboat West, I found some beautiful, untouched land that is supposed to be used by the ever-shrinking natural habitat and wildlife, but I'VE GOT A BETTER IDEA: let's put a bunch of hideous, second-rate, energy eating, over-priced homes, retail outlets and stores full of crap you don't need right here in the middle of this pristine place and totally RUIN it for the future generations. This is a great opportunity to be one of the first investors (aka: dirtbags) to ruin even MORE of what was once a beautiful space. Come on people, just accept it, everything has a price. Nothing lasts forever! Enjoy the last remnants of this stupid planet while you're still alive. God gave it to us so we could rape it for all its worth. Don't stop dreaming of the things we can ruin. They are getting more valuable because we are making the good stuff disappear. All aboard the MORON EXPRESS to OBLIVION!

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corduroy 6 years, 9 months ago

If they spent 35 mil for 540 acres, that means they COULD in theory sell it for 50k/acre and make a small profit. People that are living in condos could afford a lot to build a home on.

Oh but wait the profit is more important than what's there. I still oppose a large department store. Walmart is bad enough. Who is honestly going to want to work at the place? I love working for a small business, would hate to see that go away.

How about we just leave it a giant state/county recreation site. Put in some trails and picnic tables. All our parks are so TINY, we need a place where we can relax and enjoy ourselves, but not so close to everyone else.

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Hadleyburg_Press 6 years, 9 months ago

ghrohrs3, Thank goodness we still live in a country where you can purchase land and do with it as you will. Here is my suggestion to you. Make your fortune. Either through hard work and initiative or through some other enterprising way. Purchase any available plots you want. Donate the land to the city or an environmental trust. I for one would be extremely grateful.

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Pilatus 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad to see the current owners have been such good custodians of the property! I'm constantly amused by people who move to a ski town and then complain about the growth and tourists...why did you first go and who said you would be the last one allowed to move in?

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 9 months ago

ghrohrs3, you must be a real joy to live with......

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satre100 6 years, 9 months ago

That "makeshift junkyard", the barbershop, and other local closing businesses make up the back bone of Steamboat Springs. What will Steamboat be when all the locals leave? Aspen? Oh, great.

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Vince arroyo 6 years, 9 months ago

You read the article. You know when and where the public meeting is. So Voice your opinions. and stop complaining!

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forthepowder 6 years, 9 months ago

People want to move to Steamboat and if there are only a few houses available then prices are going to go up and the wealthy will be the only ones moving here.

If you continue to limit growth you are only going to push the prices up and turn this place into an ASPEN. Growth itself isn't changing Steamboat; limiting growth and pushing prices up is changing the character of Steamboat. The City has tried to stop growth and that has only pushed the average price of a home above $600,000.

Give the City and County credit for preventing development on all it's boundary's except the West side and there they have been planning it for over ten years with public input(where were you? oh! you probably just moved here).

If you want steamboat to have real working people in it, you have to provide homes they can afford. Basic economics tell you higher demand and lower supply means prices go up. More supply equals lower prices.

Growth in this case actually does more to keep Steamboat who it is; because it lets working class people work and live here.

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routty 6 years, 9 months ago

Agreed--I don't see how limiting growth in steamboat and pushing all the Steamboat workforce to housing in Hayden/Craig/etc. is going to help anyone--just more traffic, pollution and decreased quality of life for average workers.

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ghrohrs3 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey, I refuse to return to Steamboat because its already ruined. Its a complete disaster. An abomination of greed and ugly, stupid people who probably "earned" their money by taking advantage of someone. I don't respect rich people. I don't respect power to consume a small town and twist the life out of it. I don't respect your view that anger at this situation is a product of my not having the same assets. I respect compassion for nature. I respect compassion for the world that was before your greed arrived. I respect people who don't take more than they need because they hope to apear better than others. Just because you became a city official or politician or big land owner doesn't mean you are valuable or decent. It probably means you are better at manipulating people than doing the right thing for the greatest good. Take Steamboat, keep poluting it, developing every inch, inviting more outsiders, selling your crap, flaunting your worthless materialism. I care not for you, only for the sad aftermath you will leave behind. If there was true justice in the world, a great tornado or flood would wipe Steamboat and every other ruined place from the map. Go ahead suck up your blood money and enjoy a ghost town run by illegals. I would never be dumb enough to buy into Steamboat now. The most valuable things in life are the things you can't buy. And you can't buy your soul back. Sucker!

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

Thank God it was that greenie-friendly, compassionate Al Gore guy who invented the internet. It would be terrible if somebody was making a profit off your use of the computer, wouldn't it?

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Vince arroyo 6 years, 9 months ago

The attendance at the meeting were planners, real estate members, concepts committee /developers?, and a few working people. The time line, Preliminary UGB, meetings this fall, then annexation in 2008 . The 700 LLC did take comments. Lets see if they are followed up on? You too can get involved.

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id04sp 6 years, 9 months ago

We should all do the right thing, for the greatest good, all the time. That's a fact.

The problem is that a whole lot of people are only in it for the money and for personal gain.

I would not buy in Routt County again either. I'm glad I bought when I did, and where I did, because now I can afford to pull out and go to a place where it will be peaceful and rural for the rest of my life -- meaning, a place that doesn't have a homeowner's association . . . .

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Magpie 6 years, 9 months ago

"We should all do the right thing, for the greatest good, all the time."

another problem with this is that not everyone agrees with what is "the right thing" and what is "the greatest good"

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corduroy 6 years, 9 months ago

I'd like to think that we live in a small country town, however, change and progress, whether we agree with it or not, is inevitable. If you had money to buy up real estate then sell it, you probably would to, to make more money for your family, to better your life. People can try to push this out, but unfortunately it is a resort town and rich people want to be here away from it all. I just hope the balance doesn't tip the scales too much, or the people that the rich pay to feed them in restaurants, the sales clerks, and the day to day average working class won't be around.. then what will the rich do? I'm thinking donate money thinking they are really making a difference. Honestly donating money to me is a cop out. Donate your time, your sweat and tears. It really means more than a check

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