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2 Steamboat marijuana dispensaries could move between downtown and mountain if city approves applications

Marijuana grows at a medicinal marijuana growing facility in Steamboat Springs in 2012.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two pot shops in Steamboat Springs could potentially leave west Steamboat and set up shop between downtown and Steamboat Ski Area if city council members end up approving two applications that are coming their way.

Rocky Mountain Remedies submitted the first proposal to the city to move from west Steamboat to 410 S. Lincoln Ave., which is just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Hilltop Parkway.

And another application submitted this week is asking the city for permission to let a marijuana dispensary operate in an office building just north of McDonald's near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Anglers Drive.

No specific business is tied to the second application.

Real estate agent David Baldinger Jr., who is leading the marketing efforts of the property, said Thursday the owners have already gotten interest from marijuana dispensaries that might want to move in,

"Is this use appropriate in 1120 Lincoln Ave.? That's what we're asking," Baldinger Jr. said.

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He said if the city approves the use, the value of the property is likely to increase and it may be easier to sell to investors if they are able to lease space to dispensaries that are interested in moving in.

"I wouldn't call it a windfall, but it definitely buoys the value the more things you can do with the property," he said.

The proposal to allow a dispensary in the property next to McDonald's is very similar to one that the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is set to weigh in on Thursday evening regarding Rocky Mountain Remedies plan to move to 410 S. Lincoln Ave.

Both applications involve spaces that lie adjacent to land zoned for residential purposes, and both are technically less than 1,000 feet away from the edge of a park if the distance is measured "as the crow flies."

However, the city has set a precedent at previous marijuana-related hearings of approving a pot shop's relocation if the actual walking distance to a park is actually more than 1,000 feet.

RMR's new location, as well as the available office building at 1120 Lincoln Ave., both are more than 1,000 feet away from the parks when it comes to walking distance.

City planners have endorsed RMR's potential move and thought the topography and access limitations to the nearby land zoned for residential land create an adequate buffer.

However, some parents have raised concerns about how close RMR would be to a karate academy where children train.

The City Council is set to weigh in on the application April 3.

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