Officials want Steamboat 700 village center moved

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Steamboat 700, before revisions

Size: 700 acres

Buildout: 10 to 25 years

Residential units: 1,827 to 2,243

High-density residential units (condos, townhouses, apartments): 45 percent

Small, single-family lots (under 8,000 square feet) or duplexes: 36 percent

Square footage of commercial/nonresidential uses: 272,000 to 331,000

Affordable housing target: 80 percent to 150 percent AMI (area median income)

Permanently deed-restricted housing provided by developer: 20 percent (367 to 448 units)

Topography: Most slopes 5 percent to 15 percent, some 30 percent or more on bluffs and hillsides

"Village centers:" three to four stories

Open space: 221 acres (32 percent)

Trails: 10+ miles

Infrastructure cost: $103 million

Additional off-site automobile trips a day generated: 14,000

- Source: Steamboat 700 Initial Submittal, November 2007

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs Planning Commission pre-application review of Steamboat 700

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City offices at 879-2060 for more information

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— While much of the discussion about the proposed Steamboat 700 development has focused on housing, city officials also have raised concerns about the development's commercial components.

In a staff report prepared for Steamboat 700's pre-application review tonight before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, city officials criticize the proposed location of the development's main village center. Development plans show the village center going in along U.S. Highway 40 at the extreme southeast corner of the 700-acre project. New Victory Parkway, a proposed road that would serve as the development's main east-west artery, would form the village center's north boundary.

"The village center is disconnected from the majority of the proposed development," the city staff report states. "New Victory Parkway should be encompassed within the village center to provide pedestrian connectivity and to ensure that at least a portion of the road operates as a 'main street' commercial area rather than a typical suburban arterial."

Developers warn if they are forced to move the village center, they may lose their ability to provide west Steamboat's No. 1 commercial need, as identified by a Steamboat 700 survey.

"We're going to try to get a grocery store," Peter Patten, a land-use consultant employed by Steamboat 700, said at a meeting last week with Routt County officials. "The grocery store needs U.S. 40 frontage, or it's not going to happen."

Patten also said that while the village center is not central in Steamboat 700's site, it is central to the broader west of Steamboat Springs area.

"The community wants a grocery store," Danny Mulcahy, Steamboat 700 project manager, said at the same meeting.

Mulcahy also noted two smaller, mixed-use centers that would be dispersed in other areas of the project to serve other neighborhoods. Bill Fox, Steamboat 700's transportation consultant, said 60 percent of Steamboat 700's homes would be within a quarter-mile of a mixed-use center.

"It's a place that's very walkable," Fox said.

On Wednesday, Planning Services Manager John Eastman said city staff has not been swayed by the arguments of Mulcahy and his team.

"The key is the village center functions as a pedestrian-accessible experience for a significant portion of the development," Eastman said.

Nonetheless, Eastman said he is confident the village center issue will be worked out. He said the grocery store argument is a legitimate one.

"We absolutely need a grocery store out there," Eastman said.

Eastman said the developers and the city are much farther apart when it comes to the issue of affordable housing, but that is a situation that might be changing. Eastman said progress was made in a meeting between city officials, Steamboat 700 and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority on Wednesday.

"We didn't reach any solutions but at least found some ways that might lead to some solutions," Eastman said. "I'm a lot more optimistic."

Comments

JustAsking 6 years, 5 months ago

Shouldn't the proposed tenant and the developer be the ones to determine the best placement of a grocery or other amenities in 700? What are the "officials" afraid of? Get this micro meddling bunch to back off and let people who have the risk and responsibility for their economic success make the choices.

So a "village center' is visible from Hwy 40, so what?

:and then there is the "affordable housing" parameters which have already put the developer's common sense and a desire for economic viability up against the arbitrary parameters demanded by the socialist housing dictators. The steadfast REFUSAL of the socialist housing dictators to defend their position in terms of REAL NUMBERS is very irresponsible and is grossly deceptive at best.

The city council should be working on a plan to provide a transit center and bus service from 700 and allow the developer to build market rate apartments , condos, duplexes, and single family housing , AS THE MARKET will support. Note to Socialist Housing Dictators: take your "80%" income number and allow for taxes, food, gas, clothing, and all other common living expenses and see what is left for housing and you will find that THE NUMBERS WILL NOT WORK! The land costs alone prevent ownership. Guess who is responsible for this: Those who have regulated private land use and restricted city expansion Want lower housing costs? Easy, increase the amount of buildable land.

Want even higher housing costs: Easy. Frustrate, over regulate, and place time consuming and ridiculous demands on developers. Insist that you know their business better than they do.. Keep your head in the sand in spite of the facts and actual market conditions. Continue to support knee jerk positions in spite of evidence to the contrary. Keep your brain entirely encased in 1986. Refuse to be measured on the facts and results of your socialist dictatorial policies. By all means, IGNORE FACTS AND THE NUMBERS.

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twostroketerror 6 years, 5 months ago

Anyone find out what we're going to do with another 4000+ cars in town? I don't think they plan on riding the Commie Cruiser. Anyone?

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SilverSpoon 6 years, 5 months ago

700 ACRES= 1 SQ MILE So commie cruisers would work great to get to the store, even if it is at the furthest reach of the property. Humans can walk at 3mph. In reality, eveyone will drive their cars no matter what. Just like the public school bus system with 40% bus ridership, and a 5 lane traffic jam infront of stawberry park 2 times a day.

Vail and aspen put their foot down regarding transportation, renewable energy etc.

Steamboat has 3% renewable energy at its ski area; while vail, copper, breck, aspen, keystone, a basin are 100% renewable energy. (STEAMBOAT=97% EMPTY, 3% FULL)

We must not pretend that in coal country, we have any type of REAL environmental stewardship, It will alway be 97% empty. Maybe the grocery store could have a transit center to somewhere?

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 5 months ago

The city can bicker with 700 all they want about where a grocery store will be.

It's going to be a complete cluster fugg trying to move all the traffic between there and the mountain if it's not addressed.

The city needs to address that first before they even consider all the details with 700.

There is one road thru Steamboat. One damn road!

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