Planning commission approves conceptual plan for 180-unit condo complex near Walgreens
November 20, 2015
Steamboat Springs — A large condominium development on U.S. Highway 40 near Walgreens has earned an initial nod from the city’s Planning Commission despite some commissioners’ reservations about forgoing some more commercial units in the area.
The commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the conceptual plans for the 180-unit development that would feature 11 four-story residential buildings on a 6.73-acre lot.
Some commissioners were hesitant to approve a conditional use request from the developers to allow residential units on the pedestrian level of the new units in place of commercial ones.
Commissioner Michael Buckley said he felt the site lent itself better to the mixed use, and he feared the city was abandoning too much commercial space on U.S. 40.
Planning staff did not share the concern.
Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said the site, which is just south of Pine Grove Road and the old Staples building, lacks direct access to U.S. 40 and would likely only support destination commercial spaces.
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He added the city has far more commercially-zoned land in the South Lincoln Avenue corridor than it can currently absorb.
“I don’t have a concern. There is plenty of commercially-zoned property,” he said.
Gibbs said the community that is created by the new residences would be too small to support the new retail spaces created below with the exception of something like a new coffee shop.
The 180 residential units being proposed will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.
The development will be connected to the Yampa River Core Trail via a new trail network.
Originally proposed in February by former Steamboat Springs resident and developer Michael Hurley, the Steamboat Crossings South complex was modified to have fewer buildings, more open space and a new architectural design so it could better comply with the city's community development code.
Hurley told the Steamboat Today in February that after the plan gains approval, he will read the local market and determine when to build, potentially constructing buildings separately, in phases.