Thursday, January 21, 2010
The owners of the Redstone Motel say they hope its redevelopment will be a great asset for Hayden’s downtown historic district.
A site plan proposed by owners Gerenscer LLC, of Steamboat Springs, would demolish the motel, which is more than 60 years old. The lot consists of 16 rental units, a storage building and mobile homes.
The project would include a nearly 10,000-square-foot, two-story, mixed-use commercial building along Jefferson Avenue. It would have 10 short-term rental units on the second floor and an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible rental until on the ground level.
The development would also include two 17,505-square-foot condominium buildings along Pine Street. Each building would have 13 two-bedroom, one-bathroom units.
The Hayden Planning Commission approved the site plan last week.
Reached by phone in Phoenix on Wednesday, Ben Spiegel, one of the partners in Gerenscer, said Hayden is a great community.
He cited the Hayden School District and the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center, the town’s good jobs, the Hayden Station power plant and Yampa Valley Regional Airport as reasons the community was an attractive place to develop.
“I’m a big Hayden fan,” Spiegel said. “It’s got a lot to offer for the normal family.”
Town Manager Russ Martin called the redevelopment, which will be called The Redstone, a great project.
“Obviously, we’d like to have some more lodging opportunities in town,” he said.
Martin said the site plan not only includes additional lodging, 20 more units than currently are available, but it’s also a quality project that complies with the historic downtown zoning district.
The commercial building would include a “historic commercial storefront” facing a tree-lined Jefferson and would be constructed primarily from brick with some stone. The condo buildings would be of “more urban-type construction” with materials such as stucco, corrugated metal siding and weathered wood. The condo buildings would include carports with 24 spaces, two of which would be handicap spaces.
Martin added that a major redevelopment project such as The Redstone could help jump-start development in downtown Hayden.
Spiegel said the first step in the project was completing the design and that the second step was construction. Spiegel said there wasn’t a timeline to start construction and that he wouldn’t speculate about when that could happen.
“The whole goal is to create the outline of where you want to go eventually and take each step as it becomes available,” he said.
Martin said the developers would not need approval from the Hayden Town Council to continue moving forward with the project.
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