Condo proposed for Burgess Creek Road

Development group poses 11-story Steamboat Highlands

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— A development group based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is proposing an 11-story condominium hotel on Burgess Creek Road immediately north of the existing Kutuk and Bronze Tree projects.

Brian Bavosi, project manager for Vertical Arts in Steamboat Springs, said that when Steamboat Highlands enters the public hearing process, the name of an international five-star hotel management company associated with the project is likely to become public.

The owner of the development is Gamir/Reilly Development, a privately held real estate development and management company that has built hotels and condominium projects at a number of vacation destinations in Mexico. They include Pueblito Escondito and Aldea Thai in Playa del Carmen.

Steamboat Highlands would be built on 2.11 acres comprising an elongated triangular strip bounded by Burgess Creek Road and Storm Meadows Drive. Burgess Creek runs through the property.

Jeff and Kristi Brown of Steamboat Springs sold the site to Henderson, Nev.-based Ski Country LLC for $11.5 million in November 2007.

Development plans on the site call for demolishing the 1970s era Ski Country Building.

The completed project would include 214,268 square feet of residential space and 9,500 square feet of commercial space. Conceptual drawings show a ballroom, spa and food service areas.

At the tallest peak of the roof of one penthouse suite, the building would measure almost 137 feet, well in excess of the allowable height limit of 63 feet in the zone district.

The developers acknowledge that they need a variance for the height of the building.

Among the interesting proposals in the plan is a pedestrian bridge over Burgess Creek Road, which would provide the first viable link for foot traffic to and from The Ranch development to the north.

City Planner Jason Peasley said challenges to the project include ensuring the structure addresses Burgess Creek in a desirable way and getting sufficient water pressure to the upper stories. Pluses include a plan to daylight the creek where it currently flows through a culvert in a parking lot.

Bavosi said the developers see an opportunity to build improved pedestrian trails linking the project directly to the ski area base.

Peasley agreed the project holds the potential to create the kind of pedestrian access called for in the redevelopment of the base area.

"This site has very good connectivity to Ski Time Square and with the right improvements, it could make a very good pedestrian environment," Peasley said.

Peasley said the Steamboat Highlands developers have asked for a pre-application review of the project intended to give them feedback before they seek a development permit. No public hearings have been scheduled.

Bavosi added that the development team is in the process of determining how many residential units the building might include.

Comments

love_boat 6 years, 5 months ago

11 stories seems a bit tall for an area zoned for 4 or 5 story height buildings. It is sure to encroach on someones view. Are there any other base area buildings that tall?

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hubiem 6 years, 5 months ago

bronze tree is six stories tall, actually seven, because the first floor is one level up from the ground. that might give you something to judge the height. there is nothing on the other side of burgess creek road. the ranch is farther up the hill. this building would not encroach on anybody's view. it would shade burgess creek road right in a curve though.

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robertbringuel 6 years, 2 months ago

I would like all those involved to consider wildland fire safety issues in regards to egress/ingress. Would there be anyway to make the pedestrian access from the Ranch to Burgess Creek large enough to allow vehicles to pass through in an emergency situation? Both areas are in dead end type culdesac situations. With the accumation of fuels in the area caused by beetle activity, emergency access becomes critical for escape from both properties. Also, the City zoned the area at 5-6 stories for a reason. We should revisit that decision and access whether or not we really need an 11 story building in the area. Sounds as if there will be many properties that would be negatively impacted by the loss or alteration of views not only towards the mountain but also to the west. This proposal would also likely stand out considerably when viewing the mountain from the west to the east. This will set a new precedent in the area and what's to stop future developements from doing the same. Sounds as if the developers will once again benefit while those folks that live and work here will yet again have to deal with development and construction issues that negatively impact us. How much can the community tolerate? Do you really want to find out? Seems decadent to me but thats just my 2 cents.

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 2 months ago

robert, your 2 cents worth is, priceless..................... thanks.

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 2 months ago

Give them 11 stories and the next guy will ask for 17. What is this vegas?

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love_boat 6 years, 1 month ago

The second comment notes that there is nothing across the street from the proposed project. Actually there are bears and other wildlife living there. That property is zoned to allow only one structure per lot and is someones back yard. Not only do the developers want to exceed the height by over 100% they also want to build almost to the property line on all sides. After looking at the plans, I had to wonder where they think they might put the snow in winter. They need to remember they are not building at the beach in Mexico. I hope the zoning standards are upheld and this project is scaled back to fit the established limits on building.

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