Steamboat Springs City Council gives final OK to major condo project

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— A major condo project slated for Whistler Road and Skyview Terrace earned final approval from the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night, and some of the development's neighbors aren't happy with the decision.

While the Skyview Apartments project was praised by residents who said Steamboat desperately needs more one-bedroom apartments, three residents who live in nearby condominium complexes told the council the project is too dense for the area and will not have sufficient parking or snow storage space.

The development is slated to have 57 parking spaces for 42 units that mostly are one bedroom.

“You need a realistic number of parking spaces,” Steve Mendell, treasurer of the Mustang Run homeowners association, told the council.

He added he was concerned any additional cars at the new development would resort to parking on the street or at neighboring complexes.

Walton Village condo owner Albert Reiner said the project was “too tight a development.”

The parking issue was a lengthy point of discussion for the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, which approved the project late last year.

Commission Chairman Jason Lacy told the Steamboat Today in February it was “his biggest concern” about the proposal. However, he said the project's ratio of spaces to units meets the city's code partly because the project is close to a bus stop and qualifies for a parking requirement reduction.

Developer Paul Brinkman is hoping to start building the apartments this spring, and his project was praised by some residents who attended Tuesday's council meeting.

“I think we're really lucky to have Brinkman in Steamboat doing this project,” Jeff Temple said. “We have a need in Steamboat for affordable housing, especially one-bedroom units. This housing is going to be a brand new product, and there isn't a lot of brand new here. It's great we're seeing this provided.”

The project site currently is occupied by a red brick building that originally was imagined decades ago as a grocery or convenience store for the neighborhood.

Brinkman has said he plans to rent the new one-bedroom units for $950 to $1,050 a month.

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