Steamboat Springs Local developer Jim Cook confirmed Friday that he intends to close on the purchase of the building at 235 Lincoln Ave. that currently houses Spring Creek Laundromat, a convenience store and Blimpie Subs & Salads.
"It's been pushed back until the middle of next week," Cook said Friday about the purchase, which he said is delayed by legal issues. "But yes, we are under contract, and we are all set to close."
Cook declined to comment on the price of the building or future plans for it until the purchase is finalized. Cook is the developer of the adjacent Riverwalk project on the east end of Yampa Street, the Alpenglow project at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, the Howelsen Place project at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, and the Sundance North Village project on Anglers Drive.
Cook has said his Colorado Group Realty firm also has plans to redevelop three other Yampa Street properties, including the current homes of Sunpie's Bistro and the Hell's Wall ski shop. On Lincoln Avenue, Cook also is involved in discussions about future renovations of the Go-Fer Foods store and the Chief Plaza Theater.
Hayden oil fire
The cause of a fire that consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil east of Hayden on Thursday is still under investigation, but officials suspect a leak is to blame.
West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman said he thinks a fire at the bottom of a tank ignited a leak, causing an explosion that ruptured several tanks storing the oil.
"Everything was destroyed so badly it'll be hard to reconstruct anything," he said.
Rickman said he could not see any smoke coming from the oil well site on Wolf Mountain on Friday and that the fire likely burned out Thursday night.
The fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. Thursday by Randy Booco, owner of Booco Contracting. Employees had been working to replace a tank at the site on Wednesday.
Booco said Friday that he could not comment about the fire.
Rickman, Routt County Sheriff's Office personnel and insurance investigators for Infinity Oil, which owns the well, said they will continue to investigate the fire.
Hilltop bus route to extend this summer
City Transportation Director George Krawzoff has announced Steamboat Springs Transit's Hilltop bus route will extend this summer. The route will no longer service U.S. Highway 40 via Anglers Drive; instead, the route will continue on Pine Grove Road and access Central Park Plaza, Wildhorse Marketplace, Steamboat Boulevard and Yampa Valley Medical Center before returning to downtown Steamboat and Hilltop Parkway. SST's Purple Line, which currently accesses the hospital, is only a winter route.
"People clearly value it," Krawzoff said of the Hilltop route.
City gets grant for
The State Historical Fund, operated by the Colorado Historical Society, has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city of Steamboat Springs for restoration of the Rehder Building at Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street. The building houses a Vectra Bank and the Steamboat Art Museum, and is listed on both the Routt County and national registers of historic places. The estate of Helen Rehder gifted the building to the city in 2006.
Restoration work is scheduled to begin this summer and continue into 2008.
County goes hybrid
with new Ford Escapes
Routt County officials have authorized the purchase of two Ford Escape hybrid vehicles for the county's vehicle pool. Purchased from Sill-TerHar Motors of Broomfield, the vehicles cost $24,844 each, for a total cost of $49,688. The kiwi-green vehicles operate on a combination of gasoline and an electric-powered battery, which recharges when the vehicle's brakes are applied, and will be used by the county's Department of Environmental Health.