Steamboat Springs The committee charged with recommending future improvements at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is working to gauge how feasible and popular it would be to construct an iconic barn near the entrance of the base area.
Steamboat's Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee, or URAAC, was briefed on the status of the project Thursday afternoon.
It would create a new sort of ski area entry sign at Mount Werner Road and Mount Werner Circle either in the form of a historic barn like the old Butterfly Barn sitting just down the hill or a replica of one.
Danny Paul, a staff engineer for the city of Steamboat Springs, said he has heard some initial interest in the project from representatives of The Steamboat Grand, whose land the barn would be built on.
"We're trying to understand if there are any major deal killers," Paul said. "What I heard was some interest, and I got the sense there wouldn't be any deal killers."
The project first was proposed in 2013 but has been delayed in part by work on other projects.
Paul said if there is enough support, the next step would be to draw up full construction level drawings of the barn.
The new barn is one of the shorter-term projects URAAC has been discussing at recent meetings.
Without a large amount of funding today from the tax increment financing at the base area, the group has turned its focus on some smaller-scale projects like signage and other aesthetic improvements.
Even though large-scale projects still could be several years away, the group soon will rank and prioritize the bigger projects, some of which could total millions of dollars.
A subcommittee will spend the coming weeks grading a long list of projects that include such things as elevators in Gondola Square to major road improvements.
The scores will be presented to URAAC next month for discussion.
URAAC also spent some time Thursday talking about a concerning situation at the newly daylighted Burgess Creek.
Paul said he was aware of a recent report of a child who received a mild shock while playing in the creek.
The shock has brought some scrutiny on the lights that were installed in the creek.
Paul speculated the power to some damaged lights was not turned off as ordered and could have led to the shocking incident.
He said the lights run on 12 volts and do not use enough electricity to cause any serious harm.
The lights have been disconnected and power turned off to prevent any future incidents.
The discussion about the electrical issue came as URAAC discussed an ongoing project to install new lights in the creek after the old ones were vandalized.
Several URAAC members wanted to figure out how exactly the incident happened before pursuing new lights.
One of the other significant actions taken at the URAAC meeting was the hiring of Ralph Walton to manage upcoming redevelopment projects.
Walton, the co-founder of Cedar House Partners, served as a senior executive at Crested Butte Mountain Resort from 1993 to 2002.
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