City Council gives go-ahead to base area buildings

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— Two large condominium buildings soon will be going up at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved final development plans for Trappeur's Crossing Phase 6 and Trailhead Lodge on Tuesday night. Both are resort-style buildings that are part of a larger development project and designed to include numerous amenities.

Trappeur's Crossing Phase 6 is the final building planned for the Trappeur's Crossing development between Village Drive, Medicine Springs Drive and Walton Creek Road. The 88,000 square-foot building will include a total of 34 condominiums, with four affordable, deed-restricted units on-site. The City Council unanimously approved the building's development plan and praised its architecture, but tabled its community housing plan until April 3, due to questions about a new deed-restriction contingency proposed by developer Michael Hurley of Caxton Street, LLC, and Boulder-based architect Eric Smith.

Trailhead Lodge is a 173,000 square-foot building that will include 86 condo units. It is the first major building planned for construction at the Wildhorse Meadows development on Mount Werner Road. The affordable units required for Trailhead will be included elsewhere in the 47-acre Wildhorse site. While the City Council approved final plans for Trailhead with a 6-1 vote, Councilman Ken Brenner voted 'no,' saying the building does not meet the base area design standards adopted by the city.

"Tonight we have the same set of (base area) design standards, two different interpretations, and in my mind, two different levels of success," Brenner said of Trappeur's Crossing Phase 6 and Trailhead Lodge.

Councilman Towny Anderson also expressed disapproval of Trailhead's architecture, but said he voted for the project to support the very positive reviews the building received from city planners.

Brent Pearson, a partner in Wildhorse Meadows developers Resort Ventures West, said construction of Trailhead Lodge is scheduled to begin this summer.

Also Tuesday night, the City Council approved final plans for Steamboat Village Commercial Center, a 14,000-square-foot office building near Central Park Plaza.

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