Steamboat Springs After sitting vacant for more than two years, the former Staples building near U.S. Highway 40 is likely to become an urgent care facility.
A proposal to move forward with minor exterior renovations on the building was submitted to the Steamboat Springs Planning Department Aug. 2 by Eric Smith Associates Architecture on behalf of an unnamed client.
According to the application, the client is interested in purchasing the 1.98-acre property and converting the 15,000-square-foot building to accommodate several exam and operating rooms.
City planner Jake Rosenberg said that, due to the parcel’s zoning as community commercial, the planning department will not weigh in on the use of the facility but will decide whether to approve the building and site improvements.
“They’re doing some changes to the exterior of the building, all very minor things,” Rosenberg said. According to the application, the client wants to construct a drive-up canopy at the building's main entry and a covered entry for ambulance pickup, as well as add space for an emergency generator.
When completed, the facility would have an 8,000-square-foot ambulatory surgical center with two operating rooms and one procedure room, a 4,800-square-foot community emergency center with five or six treatment rooms and a 2,200-square-foot, diagnostic imaging center that could perform X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, according to the proposal.
A portion of the planning proposal addressing parking states that 20 employees might work at the facility, including several nurses, physicians, schedulers and, potentially, a part-time pharmacist or laboratory technician.
The building, which was a Staples office supply store from late 2006 to May 2014, has been on the market for more than a year, according to owner Loui Antonucci.
Antonucci said he recently took down online listings for the store due to a pending sale with the people interested in converting the building into a health center.
An online listing still posted on one real estate website lists the property asking price as $3,495,000.
Antonucci said the details of the potential sale are still confidential, and he couldn’t release any information on who the buyer is.
Rosenberg said planning documents also didn’t reveal who is interested in opening the facility.
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