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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss police station design and building location next week

Traffic moves through the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Central Park Drive. The site owned by Yampa Valley Medical Center is one of three that the Steamboat City Council has directed city staff to investigate to possibly build a new police station.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to meet next week in executive session to discuss the possibility of purchasing a building site for a new police station.

The properties the city has been looking at as sites for the station include a parcel owned by Yampa Valley Medical Center near the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Central Park Drive, a parcel just south of the Hampton Inn on U.S. Highway 40 and a parcel called Fox Creek on Hilltop Parkway next to the Western Convenience gas station.

The three sites were the City Council’s top choices, and they were selected from a list of 29 possible locations.

City staff will brief the council on the potential costs of the three sites and look to the council to decide if it wants to enter into negotiations for any of them.

At the same meeting, city staff also will discuss the design of the proposed station during a public presentation.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Monday that the station size has been reduced from a proposed 18,000-square-foot building to one that is about 15,000 square feet.

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The reduction in the size of the proposed station comes after council members recently expressed concern about the size and cost of the building.

Council member Walter Magill told city staff the request for $9.7 million next year to construct the station was too much.

"I think it’s a $7.5 million station, and you’re $2 million over," Magill said.

Before the city can start construction drawings, Hinsvark said it needs to select a building location.

Two of the sites now appear to be the leading choices in the city’s eyes.

Hinsvark said the Yampa Valley Medical Center site and the one near the Hampton Inn are “handily in the running.”

She indicated the cost of the Fox Creek site off of Hilltop Parkway could prevent it from becoming the chosen site.

“It appraised for so much lower than the seller wants they politely took themselves out of the running unless we’re willing to pay” more than the appraised value, Hinsvark said.

The city has said securing the site at Pine Grove and Central Park would involve a land swap with Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The police station update is scheduled to be the first discussion item on the council’s Dec. 16 agenda.

After more than two years of planning for new public safety facilities, city staff is hoping a building location can be secured soon.

“The desire would be to have a project that could at least get started next summer,” Hinsvark said.

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Urban renewal authority proposal postponed

The Steamboat Springs City Council last week decided to delay further discussion on a possible downtown urban renewal authority until Jan. 20.

A URA presentation from city staff was scheduled for Dec. 16, but council decided it would be too big of an agenda item to tackle on the same night the police station presentation was already on the agenda.

Council member Scott Ford suggested the change on the future agenda, saying both items were very important to the community.