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86-unit housing development proposal back on Steamboat City Council’s agenda

The first phase of Urban Street at the Mountain would include row houses, duplexes and triplexes.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to take a second look at a large housing development that would add 86 units across the street from Casey's Pond Senior Living.

Last month, a range of concerns from the council prevented the project from getting a green light.

Council members who voted to table the Urban Street at the Mountain project until Tuesday collectively had concerns about the extended phasing of the project, the project's compliance with base area design standards and the lack of sidewalks in the proposed neighborhood.

“I think this project is not quite ready for approval,” councilwoman Kathi Meyer said at the time.

Leaders of the development are coming back to council with some modifications to the plan that aim to alleviate some of the concerns the council had.

For example, the proposal now has an added sidewalk and the streets have been redesigned to adhere to the city's public street standards.

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In addition, the project is now seeking a vesting period of six years as opposed to a decade, meaning the phasing of the project has less potential to drag on.

The city's planning staff is continuing to recommend the council approve the project.

The project also got a green light from the city's planning commission.

Urban Street would include 12 row houses, four duplexes, eight triplexes and two condo buildings.

The project requires four variances, according to city staff.

Neighbors of the potential development have expressed concerns about it, including its potential for light pollution.

But a majority of the feedback council has gotten so far about the proposal has been supportive.

Brynn Grey booted to next agenda

Representatives from Brynn Grey Partners were scheduled to touch base Tuesday night with the council.

But a majority of the council voted last week to postpone any further meeting with the real estate developers until January because they felt the Tuesday meeting might not be productive.

Council members characterized the pending discussion as only a “we’re still here” conversation from Brynn Grey and thought it could be more substantive if the meeting was delayed.

Brynn Grey is seeking a pre-annexation agreement that would lead to the construction of more than 400 new housing units in west Steamboat at the former Steamboat 700 property.

Councilwoman Heather Sloop questioned how productive the Tuesday agenda item would be and suggested it would be a waste of time.

“I don’t need somebody to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving and tell us they’re still here,” she said before the council voted to move the discussion to January.

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