Community compromise?

Scaled-down construction plans proposed for center


Recurring event

City Council meeting

  • Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


On the agenda

4 p.m. Interviews of candidates for the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, and Recreational Needs Exploratory Committee

6 to 10 p.m. Community Center update; review of linkage policies and amendments to the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance; review of city planning projects; update on summer construction projects scheduled for downtown and the base of Steamboat Ski Area

7 p.m. Public comment


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Staff with the Golden firm Andrews and Anderson Architects are working to revise plans for the new, 8,400-square-foot Steamboat Springs Community Center, which received construction bids more than $1 million over the project's total budget. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled tonight to act on additional funding for scaled-back plans, which council President Susan Dellinger supports.

— City officials tonight could act on revised, less costly construction plans for the over-budget Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Steamboat Springs City Council President Susan Dellinger - who could cast the deciding vote on a split council - said last week that she supports additional funding for the community center, but not the full $1 million requested by city staff. The council tabled whether to approve additional funding last week, after construction bids for the project came in at nearly $4.1 million, more than $1 million greater than the community center's total budget.

Architects, city staff and contractors with Fox Construction of Steamboat Springs are working to reduce construction costs for the much-debated center, and they presented plans last week for a price tag as low as $3.1 million. The 8,400-square-foot center is slated for a 2.3-acre site adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown. Reducing construction costs would eliminate or reduce several of the center's features, including a geothermal heating system and the structure's ability to meet environmentally friendly building standards.

The council could decide tonight whether to approve some level of additional funding for the center, which according to Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord would allow Fox Construction to break ground in a matter of days.

Tonight's City Council meeting also includes a review of proposed amendments to city housing policies; an update on potential impacts from the more than 2 million square feet of construction planned for downtown Steamboat and the base of Steamboat Ski Area; and interviews for open positions for several local boards, committees and commissions.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission has three applicants for two positions, currently held by commission members Kathi Meyer and Tracy Barnett. Meyer and Barnett have applied to renew their seats for the next three years, but they face competition from community activist Richard Levy, who is vice-president of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and chairman of a local Sierra Club chapter.

The City Council will also interview 11 candidates for seven available seats on the new Recreational Needs Exploratory Committee, which will work with consultants to assess how to best meet recreational needs in Steamboat.

But the community center vote, should one occur, will likely draw the greatest public interest. In tabling the vote last week, City Council members cited the need for an extended conversation with Bud Werner Memorial Library officials due to the interconnectedness between construction of the new community center and an expansion of the library, which is planned for the site of the current community center.

Dellinger said that conversation has occurred during the past week.

"I think everybody is on the same page," Dellinger said.

Library officials said in December that revising plans to include the new community center with the library expansion "is not feasible," and are scheduled to attend tonight's meeting to answer any questions that arise.


another_local 10 years, 1 month ago

Not feasable... except that they are already planning for the old library building to be used for pretty much exactly that purpose (excluding lettting the seniors in) Yes they would need to put in a kitchen. Do you suppose that would cost 4 million?


beentheredonethat 10 years, 1 month ago

it is obvious that city officials have lost their way, once again, when it comes to spending our money. cancel the plan to build a new community center.


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