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60-unit apartment building downtown earns 2nd approval from planning commission

60-unit downtown apartment building earns 2nd approval

Renderings show an updated facade on the apartment building planned for downtown Steamboat Springs.

— The 60-unit apartment building proposed for the corner of 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue narrowly gained approval on a second date with the city’s planning commission Thursday with an updated exterior design plan.

The project had to go back to the commission because the floor-to-area ratio of the building, a measurement of density, was mistakenly miscalculated when the project received its first approval.

The developers and city staff also sought to drop a requirement to extend a snowmelt system to the alleyway on the property.

The commission voted, 3-2, to recommend approval of the updated development plan.

Two commissioners again voiced opposition, because they felt too many variances were being requested.

The variances were needed to allow the building to be taller and more dense.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members will consider approving the project April 26.

Developer Eric Rogers said Friday he hopes ground can be broken on the project this summer.

"We’re making progress," Rogers said.

The development plan approved Thursday includes some changes to the facade of the building.

Rogers said the changes were made in response to requests from members of the public and the planning commission to give the building a more traditional look.

Commissioners also retreated from their previous requirement to have a snowmelt system at the property extended to the alleyway.

The developer and city planning staff looked into the idea but decided it should not be installed due to potential complications from other utilities in the area.

Some residents who live near the proposed apartment building have expressed concern about ice buildup and snow storage.

The units in the apartment building will be marketed toward tenants who earn $50,000 to $100,000 per year.

The apartment building will replace the former location of Boomerang Sports Exchange and the building that currently houses Red Bowl Curry Haus.

Pets will be allowed.

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