Modular homes proposed by river
May 4, 2005
Steamboat Springs — Two Steamboat Springs businessmen are seeking city approval for a new manufactured-home subdivision on the city’s west side.
Tim O’Brien and Sol Ginsberg would create 44 small lots in the Cotton Wood Acres Subdivision on property they own along the north bank of the Yampa River on Shield Drive, close to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge. They have submitted documents with the city for a preapplication review — no public hearings have been scheduled.
“The need for the project we’re doing is there,” O’Brien said. “The working class in Steamboat is shy on this kind of product.”
O’Brien said he and Ginsberg tentatively plan to offer lot owners a menu of as many as a dozen manufactured-home styles from which to choose. That would ensure consistency in the appearance and quality of the homes, O’Brien said.
He and his partner will not be able to discuss pricing for different home models until they learn for certain how many lots the city is willing to approve, he said.
City planner Brian Bavosi said he has been engaged in informal conversations with Ginsberg about the project for more than six months. The subdivision would require multiple levels of city approval because it requires a zone change away from industrial uses. There are also some challenges with the site, he said.
The zone change would require an amendment to the city’s future land-use map to satisfy the community plan, as well as an amendment to the city zoning map.
Bavosi is somewhat reticent about recommending approval for a residential subdivision ad—-jacent to an existing concrete batch plant.
In addition, Fire Marshall Jay Muhme is asking the developers to provide two road entry points to the subdivision, Bavosi said.
O’Brien acknowledged it would be a challenge to provide a second road access because his property faces some steep grades along the Shield Drive frontage, where the road level climbs to meet the elevation of the bridge over the river.
O’Brien and Ginsberg now base their business, Black Diamond Limousines, on the site. Two other businesses, Royal Flush Industries and a propane facility, are tenants. O’Brien said all three businesses would relocate when the subdivision is built. The existing commercial building would be converted to a community building for the residents.
The property borders 1,200 feet of the Yampa River along its southwest boundary, architect Ed Becker of Mountain Architecture Design Group said. The city’s proposed new Bear River Parcel park borders the site to the west.
“The property is on the bike path and would be adjacent to a new city park,” O’Brien said. “I think we have a lot to offer people.”
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