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Community members buzzing about future of vacant TIC campus in Steamboat Springs

The large TIC campus in Steamboat Springs went dark in October. Now, community members are already brainstorming about what the property could become in the future.

— The size and prominence of the now empty TIC campus in Steamboat Springs has several community members buzzing about what could move into the space.

Local resident Eve Bevill wants to see a grocery store built on the large parcel that sits prominently at the city’s western edge.

Community members who were angered by their city’s idea of building a police station at Rita Valentine Park suggested the city instead build it at this prime piece of real estate.

And Steamboat Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern has his own pipe dream of one day establishing a campus of outdoor manufacturers at the site that encompasses about 14 acres bordering the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road.

"At this point, it’s just on my wish list," Kern said Wednesday. "Amassing the capital and the political wherewithal behind it have not yet occurred; it’s just part of the conversation."

TIC stopped nearly all of its operations at the property in October after completing the final stage of its withdrawal from Steamboat to offices on the Front Range.

The national contracting firm, which was founded in Steamboat in 1974, was acquired by Kiewit in December 2008.

The campus here mostly was quiet on Wednesday except for the presence of several cars at the central office building.

Signs touting the company’s safety record still adorn the property.

Kern said his conversations with developers about the sale of the campus have been very preliminary at this point, but he has been able to go to potential buyers with some new insight into TICs plans for selling the parcel.

City staff in October said they were told the campus only could be sold as one piece with a price tag around $14 million.

But Kern said Wednesday during their latest meeting with a real estate representative at Kiewit, he and City Manager Deb Hinsvark were told the company may be willing to entertain selling the central office building and an accompanying six acres separately.

Kern predicted the community soon would have a broader conversation about what they’d like to see the property become.

"At this point, it’s more about making people aware of the property than it is anybody specifically saying ‘I’m really interested in that,’" Kern said. "As far as I know, it’s the single largest industrial-zoned piece of property in the mountains. That in itself is both a positive and a negative."

Hinsvark said the city and the chamber initially were working to identify a consortium of businesses that could move into the campus together, but that idea didn’t have much success.

She said it likely will take time for a new tenant to become apparent.

“It’s something we continue to look at and work on to help find that user,” she said.

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