Officials with the Grand Junction-based Space Station gas station and Go-fer Foods convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs say they are in negotiations with two operations that hopefully will reopen the downtown business in the near future.

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Officials with the Grand Junction-based Space Station gas station and Go-fer Foods convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs say they are in negotiations with two operations that hopefully will reopen the downtown business in the near future.

Successful negotiation may see Space Station open in a month

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The owner of a vacant gas station and convenience store in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs is hopeful the Space Station site will be operational again in the near future.

"We are currently in negotiations with two different parties," said Paul Brown, of Grand Junction-based Monument Oil, which owns the site. "If we can get these guys moving, I would hope we could get it open in the next 30 to 45 days."

A failed sale of the property last year and unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a deal with a new local operator have plagued efforts to redevelop or reopen the lot at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. A chain-link fence to prevent parking on the site surrounds the property.

If the current negotiations also fall through, Brown said Monument Oil probably would reopen Space Station as an owner-managed store.

"We're as anxious as anybody to get that remodeled and reopened again," Brown said. "We're bleeding from the property tax and just the maintenance up there. : We're working diligently to get it operational and to get that fence down, obviously."

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Brown has been telling the city for months that a reopening of Space Station is imminent.

"That's what he keeps telling me," DuBord said. "If it starts getting really trashy, we might have to talk to him. : That place is starting to look a little run-down, but we don't want the fence to go away because then it will turn into a parking lot again."

One option available to the city is to cite Monument Oil for public nuisance, but DuBord said the municipal code is not completely clear about what constitutes a public nuisance.

"It's a fine line," she said. "We've actually talked about what's a public nuisance."

City Attorney Dan Foote said a property couldn't be cited simply for being vacant.

"There has to be some sort of threat to the public health, safety or welfare," Foote said.

Foote said a property could be cited for aesthetic reasons, for being unsafe or for attracting illegal activity.

There was a small amount of litter on the site Monday, including broken glass, plastic liquor bottles, cigarette butts and beer cans in the bushes at the street corner.

Comments

beentheredonethat 5 years, 4 months ago

A naive City staff is being led around by the nose. Start imposing fines on this delinquent owner and see how quick changes happen.

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localboy17 5 years, 4 months ago

I would have to say that I would rather see the lot in the condition it is right now, than another huge 4 story building that blocks views and changes the historical look of downtown.

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Fred Duckels 5 years, 4 months ago

I would be hesitant to set a precedent here, there could be more vacant businesses coming.

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sickofitall 5 years, 4 months ago

Im just glad the high school kids will have a place to hang out again!

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beverly lemons 5 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the parent company should lease the property to someone who would make it into a medical marijuana dispensary. Then people would really have something to get excited about.

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Rossiman 5 years, 4 months ago

The City Council should be taken to task for allowing this to remain in the state it is for so long. A closed business is one thing, allowing it to look like a dump is another. And on the Main Street of all places, in a town that relies on tourists to function. All it would take is a warning to the owner, a deadline for cleaning it up, if they don't, the city does it and charges the owner. That's the way it works in a city that is concerned with it's image. Is the goal to attract visitors or repel them? The dog is waging the tail here. And an oil company of all thngs. They are not exactly suffering like so many business. All to common in the Boat, it seems.

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housepoor 5 years, 4 months ago

Seems like a good time to be in the cigarette, junk food, cheap coffee and lottery business......

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