The parcel of land proposed for development is between the Steamboat Christian Center and Bald Eagle Lake along U.S. Highway 40.

Photo by Matt Stensland

The parcel of land proposed for development is between the Steamboat Christian Center and Bald Eagle Lake along U.S. Highway 40.

A continuum of care

Proposed project would offer various senior living options


By the numbers

Residential 8 acres

Senior living campus 9 acres

Town square 4 acres

Open space 12 acres

Roads 3 acres

Total 36 acres

— The Yampa Valley Medical Center and partnering developers will ask the city of Steamboat Springs to annex 36 acres south of city limits, where they hope to couple mixed-use development with a senior living campus.

The Bridges at Steamboat would straddle the Yampa River between Bald Eagle Lake and the Steamboat Christian Center. YVMC would lead development of the senior living campus. Yampa River Village, LLC, a division of Wilton Development Corp., would develop two other elements of the project. One of those elements is called the Town Square and would consist of commercial spaces along with loft and town-house living. The other element, called the Yampa Club, would include multi- and single-family cottages and town homes "focused on the Yampa River experience." Wilton Development also is the development firm behind the proposed 360 Village project west of Steamboat Springs.

City planners did not offer any initial impressions of the proposed project Tuesday, as they have not yet looked at a pre-application for the project that was submitted Monday. The parcel proposed for development is within the city's urban growth boundary and eligible for annexation.

Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Karl Gills said the senior living campus would offer the full gamut of senior living options, from independent senior living cottages to a skilled-nursing facility, or nursing home, similar to YVMC's Doak Walker Care Center. An intermediate assisted-living center also would be included. Gills noted that two independent apartment complexes managed by the Routt County Foundation for Seniors, The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden and the Doak, are operating at or near capacity.

"Yampa Valley Medical Center has recognized the importance of addressing aging infrastructure in our valley," said Sue Birch, CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, which owns the Haven. "This project is just one of many components needed to serve our growing aging population in Northwest Colorado."

Looking ahead

Butch Dougherty owns 9.5 of the acres proposed for development. Ed MacArthur owns the remaining acres. After his plan for a four-year gravel pit operation that would have been reclaimed into eight single-family lots and a city park failed three years ago, MacArthur said he had no plans for the property, other than holding it in his family.

"It's been through a lot of trial and tribulations," Randall Hannaway, a partner in Yampa River Village, said of the property. "I think, quite frankly, it's the only use (MacArthur) would allow. : Ed was very gracious. Once he heard what was proposed, he was very supportive. I'm really grateful for his generosity. It's with his support that we're going down this path."

Hannaway said Wilton Development and YVMC's purchase of the property is contingent on the city's approval of their plan.

"We have to be able to entitle it," Hannaway said. "If we're not successful in that, we just won't buy it."

Hannaway said it would be at least three years before any vertical construction begins on the property. Gills said it would be another year or two before work would begin on the senior living campus.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210 or e-mail


Steve Lewis 8 years, 6 months ago

Dear Karl, The hospital certainly strengthens this community. But as one of our bigger employers, housing for your workers should be part of this plan. Please put forward a long term plan for your worker housing, such as on the Barn Village site.

The hospital is also considering building a medical office complex on its vacant Pine Grove Road lot. With so much service based development ahead of you, planning for your employee housing seems only prudent. Yes?


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