Steamboat weighs outdoor vending at downtown site |

Steamboat weighs outdoor vending at downtown site

— A proposal to allow temporary outdoor retail sales under a pair of tents on an unused commercial site at the eastern entrance to the downtown shopping district goes before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday night, but Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has declined to manage the operation.

Developer Mark Scully has proposed the outdoor sales at 235 Lincoln Ave. on the east side of Third Street as a way to bring some life to the dormant site that formerly hosted a convenience store and a sandwich shop. The site was acquired by Scully's company, Green Courte Partners, as a development site, but those plans indefinitely are on hold.

Senior City Planner Bob Keenan said the project meets city planning criteria. The terms of the application call for the sales to take place on a trial basis and state that the development permit will expire Sept. 30.

"It's a test to see how it goes," Keenan said. "I think that will raise the comfort level of the commission, City Council and downtown businesses."

Scully had offered Mainstreet the chance to manage the space to fit the goals of existing downtown businesses, but Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said her board determined that she is too busy to take on the task.

Keenan said Scully is planning to allow only a changing roster of fruit and vegetable, pumpkin, Christmas tree, flower and tree vendors plus local charities to sell from either of two 10-foot-by-10-foot tents on the site. The existing building could be used for storage, but it could not be occupied.

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The project will be on the consent agenda of Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, Keenan said.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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