August 25, 2014
A sidewalk on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs suddenly ends near the street's intersection with 10th Street.
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Community members will soon be able to weigh in on where they think sidewalks are most needed in Steamboat Springs as the city finalizes a new master plan that calls for dozens of miles of new sidewalks.
About 42 property owners in downtown Steamboat Springs who don't currently have complete or adequate sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses may want to tune into a Steamboat Sprigns City Council work session on Tuesday night.
Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone were some of the things that led a consultant to deem the downtown area blighted last year.
Council President Bart Kounovsky said past councils have for decades passed on opportunities to invest in the downtown corridor, and the current council should be the one to pull the trigger.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark also recently updated the council on the city's desire to start using local improvement districts to fill in some sidewalk gaps around the city.
During one of its longest and liveliest meetings of the year, several council members questioned a recent designation of downtown as blighted along with the suggestion the area is in need of the tax tool to correct that.
Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone are some of the things that have helped downtown Steamboat Springs join Colorado's long and growing list of blighted areas.