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Crews still in holding pattern on Central Park Drive project

Traffic moves on Central Park Drive on Tuesday in front of City Market.

— Construction crews that have been waiting to start the major road work at Central Park Drive were still in a holding pattern Thursday afternoon.

Eric Marsh, operations manager for contractor Connell Resources, said he was awaiting word from the city on whether the crews will have permission to work Monday.

The project, which was supposed to start April 4, has been on hold while the city awaits signatures on easements that are critical to the project.

City Engineer Ben Beall could not be reached Thursday to discuss a meeting he attended Wednesday in Denver regarding the easement issue.

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson did not respond to a request from Steamboat Today for an update on the project’s status.

City officials said Tuesday that the Kroenke Group, which owns a majority of the property at Central Park Plaza, had not yet signed the temporary easements the construction crews need to have permission to work and stage in the Plaza.

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They said the property owner may still need to gain consent from some of Central Park Plaza’s tenants and its lender before the easements are secured.

“It’s not the project specifics, and it’s not the design that’s holding this project up,” Beall told Steamboat Today. “It’s really some legal issues within the fabric of other legal agreements the city isn’t a party to that are holding it up.”

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