City of Steamboat Springs Facilities Manager Bob Robichaud makes his way past stacks of storage boxes in the hallway at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The boxes are being stored in the hallway to create additional office space for employees.

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City of Steamboat Springs Facilities Manager Bob Robichaud makes his way past stacks of storage boxes in the hallway at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The boxes are being stored in the hallway to create additional office space for employees.

City Council reviews staff space needs


— The city of Steamboat Springs has been driven to creativity when it comes to finding space for its employees to work.

"We're out of space here," City Manager Alan Lanning said at City Hall on Monday. "We're taking a hallway and making it an office. Plus, we're renting a house across the street."

In advance of the budget discussions set to begin in a matter of weeks, the Steamboat Springs City Council was briefed Tuesday on the city's shortage of work space. A space-needs assessment conducted last year showed that the city has about 50 percent of the assignable space it needs at City Hall on 10th Street. The situation is even worse at the city's public safety building, where the assessment identified a need for 26,684 square feet. The current Yampa Street facility is 7,753 square feet.

Last year, Lanning attempted to put $750,000 in the city's budget for a new City Hall. That amount would have brought the city to a point just short of engineering the building. The allocation was rejected by City Council.

The city has identified three options for where to construct a new City Hall. The preferred option of the consultant that conducted the space needs assessment is to build a $12.2 million, 31,500-square-foot facility on the site of a parking lot adjacent to the existing City Hall. That cost estimate includes the demolition of the existing City Hall for a replacement parking lot.

The other options are an $8.6 million renovation of the existing City Hall and an $18.6 million, 40,000-square-foot facility on the parking lot site that would include space for the city's police services. The cost of a new public safety building separate from City Hall is estimated at $10.5 million.

Despite the consultant's recommendation, council members on Tuesday showed a preference for the larger City Hall option.

"I think consolidation is the way to go," Councilman Steve Ivancie said. "I think next year we should be well on our way to planning it and bonding for it."

Council President Loui Antonucci said a new City Hall would be an attractive addition to Lincoln Avenue.

"I think it benefits the Lincoln Avenue streetscape to have a building there instead of a parking lot," Antonucci said.

Noting downtown parking needs, resident Bill Jameson encouraged council to consider a tiered parking structure on the site of the existing City Hall if it is demolished, rather than another surface lot.

In other action

Also Tuesday, council members unanimously expressed their support for the Steamboat Springs Airport after hearing a report of a consultants study that showed redeveloping the airport for other uses would require a subsidy of between $6.7 million and $9.5 million. The study was conducted among calls from some that the airport should close.

"I would hope that what you've heard tonight will take a huge cloud off of the airport," said Mike Forney, a local pilot and chairman of the Yampa Valley Airport Commission. "I'm encouraged as a pilot and as a member of the airport commission that we have these facts on the table."

The council voted, 4-3, Tuesday to extend to July 30 a deadline for vacation home rentals to comply with a city ordinance passed last year regulating the properties while the city considers making changes to it. The original deadline was the end of this month.

At the end of Tuesday's meeting, council members went into executive session to discuss the possible acquisition of a parcel within city limits and the city's contract with Triple Crown Sports.


Matthew Stoddard 8 years, 11 months ago

Mr_B- I don't believe City Hall is historic. Centennial Hall is, though. That's why it has a hodge-podge design.

I like the "put them at the airport" idea, though!

Actually, if certain people would have thought it thru a little better way back when the new Courthouse was in talking mode, the City should have agreed to buy the old Courthouse on Lincoln Ave. to use for City offices, moving all the County stuff out west.


ColoradoNative 8 years, 11 months ago

Doesn't the Iron Horse have some nice rooms other than a little asbestos cough issue? Good enough for housing! Good enough for working!

At the end of the article it says the city is discussing buying another parcel? Which parcel? Anybody know?


housepoor 8 years, 11 months ago

thinking it through, foresight??????? that is asking a little much from the CC don't you think? Can you believe he said this?????? "I think it benefits the Lincoln Avenue streetscape to have a building there instead of a parking lot," Antonucci said.


ColoradoNative 8 years, 11 months ago

What downtown needs is more parking and less structures if you ask me.

A parking garage that would attract users out of their cars and on foot would be ideal.

Personally I like the idea of less city employees but if they are going to build themselves a new castle then demo the place and stick some office space on top of a parking garage. Build it big enough to attract locals/tourists out of their cars and get them on foot or on shuttles.

How much land does the city own right there?


ColoradoNative 8 years, 11 months ago

Oh and go underground if possible.

It's a joke how much development is going on downtown without the consideration for parking. Projects everywhere and many of them only allocate one space per unit from what I've heard. Please. These days every family has two or more cars.

If the space is there it could be a win/win. The city gets their space and they could potentially help the traffic issues downtown.

Increase the shuttle service up and down Lincoln so people would utilize the garage. Imagine a downtown area with a couple hundred less cars driving around looking for parking.


dave reynolds 8 years, 11 months ago

if i remember right The Good News Building site was proposed for its the ski and bike shop and other business..alot lot more foresight sure could have helped the situation..but as they say hind site is 20/20


OnTheBusGus 8 years, 11 months ago

Still like the idea of a parking structure in the wells fargo lot by the post office and one at 10th & Lincoln by Bob's conoco in the lot that is already there. Colorado Native, I think that is part of "green" building.. to only allow space for one vehicle! LOL


MtnWarlock 8 years, 11 months ago

Parking structures at the current areas of 10th and Lincoln, 3rd & Oak and 5th & Oak and 8th & Oak Streets! Each structure could be three stories tall. Expand the city offices on tenth to fill their current parking lot to the west, not 10th and Lincoln. Just an idea!


another_local 8 years, 11 months ago

Move city hall OUT OF DOWNTOWN, there is no reason it needs to be in the commercial district at all. Sell both the parking lot and the lot the current city offices are on to pay for most of the new building. Put it out west someplace or demolish the Iron Horse main building and build it there.


justathought 8 years, 11 months ago

I like housepoor's idea of putin' 'em at the airport, plenty of parking there.


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