Potential buyers see 360 Village appeal

Information session held for planned development

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— Jeremiah and Jaime Baughman seem to be the ideal candidates for the 360 Village development that is being planned near Steamboat II on the western edge of Steamboat Springs.

Looking at plans and speaking with developers during an information session held Wednesday evening, Jeremiah said the couple spend $850 to $900 per month on gasoline as he commutes from Hayden to work as a network administrator for SmartWool in Steamboat Springs.

"It would be amazing to live in a community that is right here, with resources right here," Jeremiah Baughman said.

The project will cover 350 acres and include 600 to 650 units, ranging from rental apartments to entry-level family houses to "estate" plots on a ridge overlooking the area. The plan also calls for restaurants, shopping areas and grocery stores, which Jaime Baughman said would be a major benefit on the western edge of town.

"Anyone who can't see we need a grocery store on this side of town isn't paying attention," she said.

The developers agree the area needs more services for the increasing number of residents in the area. During a tour of the grounds, project manager Tony Connell pointed out where the plans call for a medium-size grocery store, a park-and-ride center, bicycle trails and a chairlift to the top of the plateau overlooking Steamboat II and Heritage Park.

"We want to offer this as an alternative to resort developments," Connell said.

The plan calls for 60 percent of the housing to be affordable, which is defined as affordable to people ranging from 80 percent to 180 percent of the area median income. New teachers and doctors straight out of medical school are among the targets, said Riley Polumbus, spokeswoman for the development.

The community aspects of the plan also appealed to Angela Silvernail, an occupational therapist at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

"It would be nice to have a place with some space, and a community to go to - places to go eat, to hang out," she said. "Now, you can either have your own place out west and drive downtown to socialize, or you rent downtown. This is the best balance."

Commuters from nearby towns and developments also would find themselves much closer to needed services and no longer would have to drive through Steamboat.

"This is our base, our community. Our community's not in Hayden," Jeremiah Baughman said. "We should be able to purchase a home here, and there are not a whole lot of options available."

No matter how appealing the project sounds, however, the development still faces several hurdles. The next challenge will be the City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners' joint meeting Aug. 12. At that meeting 360, along with several other projects, will request the urban growth boundary line be extended to include their property.

From there, the developers also must go through pre-annexation and annexation meetings to extend city boundaries and development plan approval.

Polumbus said 360 has several advantages over other developments in the area, including its relatively small size and use of local builders.

Comments

Harvey Lyon 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure why this should be considered at this time. There's Steamboat 700 on the drawing board, literally miles and miles available to develop between 360 and the City. There's more housing available on the MLS than at any time in the past 10 years.

The proposed development is rather "pie in the sky" with the "recreational and commercial attributes" and developments 15 minutes down the road in Hayden are going bankrupt.

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Jeremiah Baughman 6 years, 4 months ago

This is Jeremiah Baughman. I would like to say that I didn't make this statement as worded. This a paraphrase and in my opinion a bad one. I did say that I work in Steamboat and most of what I do is in Steamboat. I also said that it would be very cool to have an opportunity to live in or near Steamboat. I did not say that Hayden is not my community. In fact Hayden is my community as it is the community I live in. I like Hayden very much. The people are great, we have an outstanding grocery store that often beats the prices in Steamboat, and it is good place to raise your kids, but the simple fact of the matter is that in general the jobs and activities in this area happen in Steamboat at least for now.

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Jeremiah Baughman 6 years, 4 months ago

stirringuptrouble driving 140+ mph to the new development in Hayden in order to make it in 15 minutes is illegal unless you are driving an emergency vehicle. This is however the only way you will be able to make it from anywhere useful in Steamboat to the new community in Hayden as it is almost 35 miles.

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Harvey Lyon 6 years, 4 months ago

Dear J,

As you know, 360 is just west of Stmbt II. I often drive to the airport and Hayden. At 65 mph it's 15 minutes, give or take traffic and road conditions, from Steamboat II. Perhaps I take the curvy section a bit fast in the old pickup, don't quite hit 55 in Milner, and of course use the 5mph leeway on the straight sections. And of course, its another 15 minutes to downtown Steamboat Springs, especially with traffic these days.

My point was/is, 360 is not yet necessary nor is it going to significantly shorten your transit time. Perhaps in the future we should consider annexation but for now, from a financial perspective for the City, 700 seems a much better focus.

360 has many "recreational" and business proposals that seem appealing but the devil, as always, is in the details.

I too love Hayden and have considered moving there sometime in the future. Great town, great folks, great schools, an all around great place:)

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