Hayden developer to pitch live-work units

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The developers of the Valley View Industrial Park in Hayden want to construct two buildings that would house 12 live-work units.

The two-story units would include office or workshop space on the lower level and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on the upper level. The live unit also would include a small kitchen, dining area and a living area.

"The idea being that the daily commute to work for residents on the units may be as short as a walk downstairs," wrote Hayden town planner Tim Katers in a memo to planning commissioners.

The Hayden Planning Com-mission will review the proposal at 7 p.m. tonight at Hayden Town Hall. Staff is recommending the commissioners approve the site plan. Planning commission approval is the final step before building permits are issued.

Valley View Industrial Park developers Paul Franklin and Jon Peddie are proposing the 12 units be built in two buildings on lots 7 and 8. Valley View is at the southwest corner of Routt County Road 37 and Crandall Avenue, south of U.S. Highway 40 and the Hayden Cemetery. It includes 51 lots. Franklin said about half of the lots have been sold, and he expects several lot owners to begin construction this year. The Craig Coca-Cola distributor has purchased land in the industrial park and plans to move distribution operations to Hayden.

The price of lots in Valley View ranges from $69,000 to $104,000, and most are priced between $80,000 and $90,000.

Annette Hall of Prudential Steamboat Realty said the live-work units are being pre-sold and the developers hope to have the first six units completed by fall.

"We've had a lot of interest," Hall said. "Hayden is an unbelievably hot market right now."

Hall said the demand for the live-work units would determine when the six units on lot 8 would be built. More units might be built after that, Hall said.

The units start at $289,000 for 2,350 square feet of space.

"Price per square foot, it's pretty unbeatable," Franklin said.

Franklin said with a large amount of construction in Steamboat, he and Peddie identified a need for housing for contractors as well as the Hayden workforce. There also are a lot of people who need storage space for their recreational toys, he said.

"On top of that, Hayden is popping off," Franklin said.

- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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