School district wants 700 land

Superintendent requests 14 acres, money for elementary school


— The Steamboat Springs School District wants the developers of Steamboat 700 to give it 14 acres for a new elementary school - and cover half the cost of building the facility.

Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser asked city officials for their support of the request in an April 16 letter to City Manager Alan Lanning and in a statement to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday. Smyser said the school district's demographer predicts Steamboat 700 will generate 306 students, including 128 elementary-grade students.

Danny Mulcahy, project manager of the 700-acre development west of city limits that proposes about 2,000 homes and hopes to be annexed into city limits, said he is open to a school, but he questioned the district's proposal.

"An elementary school does our project a lot of good," Mulcahy said. "Any master plan that can offer an elementary school for their residents to walk to is going to be nice. : I'm all for doing it. The question is, are there students to fill it? I don't want to dedicate land and have it sit empty for 30 years."

Mulcahy noted the fact that the district already owns a 35-acre parcel adjacent to his own. Smyser told council that the district hopes to reserve that land for other uses.

"Our reluctance to use that site is the demographic data that shows we will need another secondary school," Smyser said. "Those level buildings require much larger sites than elementary schools. : Fourteen acres is usually considered the standard size for an elementary school."

Mulcahy said he thinks the 35-acre parcel may be large enough to accommodate an elementary school and secondary school. Mulcahy also questioned the district's demographic data and the notion of paying for half of an elementary school's construction.

"There's only so much we can give for this to remain an affordable community," said Mulcahy, who noted other community requests such as police and fire stations, transit improvements and affordable housing.

Planning Services Manager John Eastman said meeting the needs of the school district would be considered in the cost-benefit analysis city officials will conduct in their review of the project. But the dedication of land and money for a school may not earn Steamboat 700 credit as a "public benefit" if officials determine it is basic infrastructure no different than roads and water lines.

"They're proposing a large-scale development that's going to produce a lot of children who need to go to school," Eastman said. "We expect them to work with the school district to mitigate the impacts of their development."

For additional coverage of the Steamboat Springs City Council's meeting Tuesday, see Thursday's edition of the Steamboat Today.


justathought 7 years, 12 months ago

Better throw in a couples of fields for triple crown and a community center. With everything they are being "held up" for, wouldn't it be cheaper to start their own town? What was the last school to be considered "basic infrastructure"?


bloggyblog 7 years, 12 months ago

start your own town. blog likes the sound of that! welcome to bloggyboat springs, no wait, bloggytown U.S.A. yea thats it!we need to put aside some land for bloggytown. unfortunately blogs a little low on funds right now, so if you all don't mind footing the bill that would be sweet!


SilverSpoon 7 years, 12 months ago

It is amazing how our tax dollars cannot adequatlely fund the Steamboat schools. Does the INTERIM superintendant know about "regular" funding sources? If they "need" a new elementary, they should build it on their land on the mountain, or build it on their 35 acres. If they do not have enough capital to build the school they "need", they must get a millage passed by the voters. The handouts they are demanding from Muchaly would come directly out of possible "open space" or out of the "affordable housing" purchasers pockets.


ColoradoNative 7 years, 11 months ago

Hey Triple Crown why not add your desires into the Steamboat 700 project also. After all the TC is a "public benefit" right?


bandmama 7 years, 11 months ago

bloggy- I would be happy to donate something to bloggytown!!!!! (keep in mind I am one of those poor working folk........who dont deserve affordable housing.... would you help with that issue also???)


jomarch 7 years, 11 months ago

Instead of spending money to tear down Soda Creek AND spending money to rebuild Soda Creek AND asking for money for land for a new school --- why didn't they just use the money for a new school in a new location in the first place? Soda Creek definitely needed upgraded --- but is money being spent efficiently? PLEASE don't assume ALL public school districts operate like SSSD is doing now --- because other school districts couldn't, shouldn't, and wouldn't. It's difficult to watch this from the other parts of Routt County where the money could, should, and would be put to good use. One can dream, right!?!?


bloggyblog 7 years, 11 months ago

blog thinks jomarch makes sense. when you think about the waste, its a shame. whatever happened to 'waste not, want not'? the school district could use some old school values! as far as bloggytown goes...yes its bloggytown. blogburg and blogopolis sound better, but blog is a simpleton so its bloggytown. there's definately room for everyone in bloggytown!


424now 7 years, 11 months ago

Hey Bloggy!

Who is the sheriff in Bloggytown? Can a man making 70K a year buy a 3BR2BA with a yard bigger than a postage stamp? Will it be within 10 miles of well plowed road of downtown Steamboat? Will the city council meet only in chambers. Will development make sense? etcetera...


424now 7 years, 11 months ago

Waitaminute, Bloggy may have a good idea there.


What does it take to start a city? And could it be done right next to Steamboat?


bloggyblog 7 years, 11 months ago

424now, yes of course there's room for you in bloggytown. rather than go to all the expense of building a new town, blog has decided to attempt a 'coup' and take over steamboat. for the sake of simplicity it will be run as an totalitarian dictatorship. no city council, no constitution, no endless government waste. just king blog! 424now, blog likes you, so there's a nice place, sitting empty, in the sanctuary with your name all over it. most people will like bloggytown but for some it will be a difficult adjustment from the pampered, spoiled brat lifestyle they've grown accustomed to.


oldskoolstmbt 7 years, 11 months ago

all hail king blog!!! i will rub your feet for a place on the golf course!?


424now 7 years, 11 months ago


Very cool link there neighbor. I especially liked the clarification of Colorados constitution that states,

"More seriously, Colorado voters have limited the ability of government to impose taxes without the people's consent [Article X section 20]"


grannyrett 7 years, 11 months ago

Bloggy-You are crazy, and we love it. Best chuckle I've had all week.


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