Industrial development proposed
June 14, 2005
A Spokane, Wash., developer is proposing to build an innovative industrial park with 21 riverfront employee housing units on Steamboat’s west end.
Riverfront Park would be built on the former site of Minglewood Timbers, just north of the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge. The triangular site is bounded by the Yampa River on the south and by city trails on its two other sides.
“It’s definitely a very interesting project,” city planner Jonathan Spence said. “I’m encouraged by some of the architecture.”
Five industrial buildings comprise the project. Almost all the housing units would be on the second floors of a row of three buildings along the river. The proposal abides by a city regulation requiring a 50-foot setback from the river.
The proposal calls for the two-bedroom units to be linked to the industrial units beneath them so they could not be sold separately.
Mike Buckley of Yampa River Realty is associated with the project. He said major tenants have committed to filling one of the two larger industrial buildings, each of which totals 29,000 square feet. Buckley declined to name the tenants, but he said their interest will allow construction to begin as soon as late summer.
The contractor is Damon Hill of Total Structures in Steamboat Springs.
Spence said that, from the vantage point of motorists descending from the bridge over the river, the rooftops of the buildings would be very visible. He said architect Benji Amsden of Archistructure One has included a variety of rooflines and exterior building materials in the project to address its visibility.
The residential units will be small — just larger than 1,000 square feet. But they will have picture windows and large decks overlooking the river, Buckley said.
Spence said the current proposal does not include building a soft surface public trail along the river, but the city will ask for that.
The Yampa River Core Trail already traces the north boundary of the property. There was some discussion about moving the trail to the riverbank, Spence said, but the terms of a grant used to build that section of trail prevent it.
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