Base area ready for Intrawest

City of Steamboat Springs optimistic about new ski area owner

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The Steamboat Springs City Council is to act on final plans for a permanent pavilion structure that would replace the existing Strings in the Mountains tent, right, which is showing signs of age.

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The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to act tonight on final plans for The Boathouse Pub, left, that include renovations of this Yampa Street building to create a downstairs pub and restaurant and an upstairs residence.

— Optimism is suddenly a widespread emotion around Steamboat Springs.

Adding to the chorus of good expectations by realtors and developers lately, city officials and planners are expressing optimism about the impact that Intrawest, the new owner of Steamboat Ski Area, will have on Steamboat's future.

The city has extensive plans for redevelopment at the ski resort's base area, which City Council President Susan Dellinger said she discussed with an Intrawest representative Friday.

"We had a really good conversation about the expectation that we're getting partners, not people who aren't willing to work with the city," Dellinger said. "They're looking forward to it."

Intrawest, backed by parent company Fortress Investments, closed its $265 million purchase of the ski area Thursday.

"I think new ownership is probably a positive - I think they'll bring some fresh ideas," said Tom Leeson, director of the city's planning department.

Leeson and his staff have been working for months with Glenwood Springs-based consultant Joe Kracum on base area redevelopment plans. Kracum is coordinating the multi-year redevelopment project.

From 3 to 6 p.m. today in Centennial Hall, Kracum will host an open house to display final plans for the 2007 redevelopment projects, which include a new roundabout and transit stop at the entrance to Ski Time Square, walkways connecting the Gondola Transit Center and Torian Plum area, increased "wayfinding" and signage, and a replacement of the Burgess Creek culvert - the first step in a process to "daylight," or expose, Burgess Creek during summer months.

The Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee oversight group, or URAAC, is recommending Duckels Construction of Steamboat and Adcon of Fort Collins as contractors for the projects. The Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the city's Redevelopment Authority, is scheduled to act on the final 2007 construction plans and contractor recommendations at 4 p.m. today.

Later tonight, the City Council is scheduled to act on final plans for the proposed 9,107 square-foot pavilion that would replace the existing Strings in the Mountains music tent near Mount Werner Road; and on final plans for the Boathouse Pub, a renovation project to create a pub, restaurant and upstairs residence at 609 Yampa St.

The Steamboat Springs Plan-

ning Commission reviewed both projects favorably on Feb. 22.

If you go

What: Open House displaying final plans for 2007 redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area

When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Contact: Call city planning offices at 871-8258, or redevelopment project coordinator Joe Kracum at 871-7077, for more information

What: Meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Contact: Call city offices at 879-2060 for more information

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