Thursday, August 04, 2005

One Steamboat Place plans presented

Here is a quick update on One Steamboat Place. This project along with Wildhorse Meadows is a key catalyst for the base area re-development. If implemeted it will be a big driver for the base area update plans. The base area update is an effort to revitalize Steamboat's aging base area. I think it will have a very favorable impact on surrounding property prices. Now we just need to get ASC to sell Steamboat to a more progressive buyer like the last one they walked away from and things will really start to roll.

selected quotes from the Steamboat Pilot and Today:
Council members also praised project applicant Whitney Ward for bringing forward plans that they hoped would spark more redevelopment at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. "I am very excited about the project. It is kind of a jump-start to get going," Councilwoman Kathy Connell said. One Steamboat Place, the development that would be on a 4.2-acre parcel south of Gondola Square and adjacent to the ski school, would include the land where the gondola parking lot now sits.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Ward presented plans for a six-story, 150,000-square-foot condo building and a five-story, 100,000-square-foot condo building. Plans also call for two additions to the gondola building, a 10,000-square-foot expansion for an amenities building and a 6,000-square-foot addition to the ski school. The plan also incorporates a pedestrian walkway that would take skiers from the Gondola Transit Center shuttle drop-off area to Gondola Square.

In addition, the plan proposes a gondola that would run from the Meadows parking lot to One Steamboat Place. The developers still need to negotiate with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the city before deciding whether the gondola would be open to the public. Almost all of the council members at Tuesday night's preapplication hearing worried that the proposed buildings would be too tall. The two condo buildings would have overall heights of 116 feet and 111 feet, which are well higher than the 67 feet allowed in the zone district.

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