Cars line Owl Hoot Trail outside of Casey's Pond on Monday afternoon. The parking lot at the senior living facility does not have enough parking spaces.

Photo by Scott Franz

Cars line Owl Hoot Trail outside of Casey's Pond on Monday afternoon. The parking lot at the senior living facility does not have enough parking spaces.

City seeks solution to parking problem at Casey's Pond

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— Casey's Pond has a parking problem.

Insufficient parking spaces at the new senior living facility in Steamboat Springs has led to a situation where several cars are parked on a new city street that was not designed for parking.

City officials briefed the Steamboat Springs City Council about the issue Tuesday night, saying the parking study that was done for the property four years ago greatly underestimated the number of employees who would be working there during the day.

"They're certainly not happy not to have enough parking for their employees," Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

Council members also appeared concerned by the situation and wanted a solution found quickly.

Gibbs said Casey's Pond is considering some options that include utilizing a park and ride across U.S. Highway 40 or looking into the prospect of improving Owl Hoot Trail to accommodate the overflow parking.

"We've got to find a solution," Gibbs said.

Before the Casey's Pond development plan was approved by the city, a parking study done for the facility estimated it would need about 67 spaces and would have no more than 100 FTEs working on a daily basis.

It was built with 71 spaces, including six resident spaces in an enclosed garage.

Gibbs said he was told today that there are 191 employees who work at Casey's Pond.

Not having approved that type of facility here before, the city relied on the parking study.

But the demand from visitors, volunteers and employees has proven too much for the parking lot to handle.

In a report to the council, Gibbs said the parking demand at Casey's Pond will only increase as independent and assisted living facilities reach capacity.

"I don't think they deliberately designed themselves into this situation," Gibbs said.

He said Casey's Pond has made efforts to keep parking spots open for visitors, while overflow parking usually is employees.

A call from the Steamboat Today to Casey's Pond CEO Dan Shields was not returned prior to the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Gibbs said the city will look into what it would cost to improve Owl Hoot Trail to accommodate the parking as well as talk with Casey's Pond about other solutions.

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Comments

Dan Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I find it hard to believe the people designing Casey's Pond (who presumably have experience with this type of facility) weren't able to accurately estimate the number of employees - I guarantee there are industry rules of thumb (and regulatory standards) for number of staff per bed.

So how did the parking study get it so wrong? Someone either lied, or someone was totally incompetent. Either way, that person / organisation ought to be found and held accountable.

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Scott Wedel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The number of employees per shift is what determines parking needs. This is not a 9-5 M-F facility so the number of employees at work at any time is probably no more than half of their employees. So the 100 FTE number seems to be a reasonable number of maximum employees at work.

Article hints that problem might be the volunteers and visitors that apparently were severely underestimated in the parking plan.

The way this things work in SB is that the city blames others for the problem, but then cuts a sweetheart deal to solve the problem. Because it was mostly a city screw up in the first place that the city wishes to deny and so they make noise blaming others. Just like the URA bonds that the bank said were in default because the tax revenues were misstated by the city. City made lots of noise about how could the bonds be in default if the city was making payments as if it was fine to misstate the revenues backing the bonds and as if that wouldn't affect the bonds ratings and so on.

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Cresean Sterne 1 month, 3 weeks ago

And now they want to spend another $53,000 on another parking study.... Sorry... but the city sounds like it has become incompetent with spending and with the communities true needs.. Hard to believe that this has been allowed to continue..

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Is there a parking problem fetish

"Steamboat Springs City Council resolved to try and improve downtown parking"

"City seeks solution to parking problem at Casey's Pond"

"Steamboat City Council to vote on whether to remove parking spots from Yampa Street"

"Conversion of parking lot into riverside park 1 of several options still being considered for Yampa Street."

Sounds like it could be a planning problem not a parking problem. If this is the worst of the Steamboat community's problems then life must be pretty darn good

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john bailey 1 month, 3 weeks ago

what first the roof now they have a parking problem ? who's running this clown show ? oh , yeah , never mind.....~;0) life is good Dan K. just stay out in the county......

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Scott Wedel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So which people in city staff are too inept to do a parking study and why are they still employed?

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Mark Ruckman 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The building isn't larger than planned, how did they go from 100 employees to 191?

Someone missed the boat on their calculations.

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Fred Duckels 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The agenda from above is to force us to use public transportation and use our boondoggle transit. Our planners know this and the ensuing problems are not by accident. This is a way to gradually succumb to big brother without anyone taking a direct hit. Get used to it.

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