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City looks into options that could ease parking pinch for residents of Ski Town Square Condominiums

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Parking has been unavailable to residents since the long-leased structure closed and was fenced off on October 10. Parking closures were a problem for residents who were able to park overnight along Ski Time Square Drive until November 1st. Vehicles will not be allowed to park in the Steamboat Grand parking lot next week.
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After receiving direction from the Steamboat Springs City Council, city manager Gary Suter called on Wednesday, November 16 to work on the idea of ​​leasing parking spaces at Emerald Park to residents of Ski Time Square Condominiums. I was there.

“My first call this morning was with a member of the HOA Board of Directors at Ski Time Square,” Suter said Wednesday. “I had a conversation with him. Told.

of residents had no parking The parking lot they lease has been closed for safety reasons and has been a problem for residents since it was fenced off on October 10th and until November 1st along Ski Time Square Drive. We were able to park for the night.

Residents have since been given temporary access to the top floor of the Steamboat Grand car park structure, but the arrangement is only a day before the Steamboat Resort opens for the 2022-23 ski season. ends on November 22nd.

For now, city officials say they can only find another place where residents can park.

City officials acknowledge that the options available are not ideal and that HOA should provide a shuttle service to and from Ski Time Square. The HOA must also sign a tenancy agreement with the city and pay the costs of snow removal and parking. During the discussion, it was noted that the closed structure was not part of the city when it was built in the early 1970s.

“I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I’ve been digging, and I really don’t see the basis for intervening in the dispute between the HOA and the parking lot owner,” said Dan Foote, of the city’s lawyer.

On Friday, the parking lot at Emerald Park was covered in snow. November 18, 2022. The City of Steamboat Springs has now entered into a lease with the owners of Ski Time Square condominiums to allow residents to park their cars in the parking lot after it was determined to be unsafe. We are considering.
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At a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, city council members sympathized with residents’ plight but felt the city was limited in what it could do.

HOA has filed a legal complaint in the district court against DBT, the developer who owns the parking structure. HOA board member Marcus Fresques said the hearing was a last resort for the association and would not take place until April 2023.

Residents are looking at every option, even if not ideal, until a solution is found.

Michael Bamba, who lives in a condo his parents have owned for years, said, “Trying to find parking, especially in Steamboat Springs, is virtually impossible, especially in the winter, so it definitely helps. increase.

With the Steamboat Grand structure’s current parking lot gone, he doesn’t know what he’ll do.

“I’ve been looking for a while. If the city provides something or allows us to use something, that would be a big help,” he said. It’s definitely very inconvenient to do so, but you don’t have many options.”

Mike Silverberg lives in Denver and purchased his property in Ski Time Square over 20 years ago. He and his family visit Steamboat Springs several times a year. The family uses the unit and rents it when they are not in town to cover his HOA fees, taxes, and other expenses that come with owning.

The dispute between HOA and developers doesn’t just affect full-time residents. It also influences people who want to visit Steamboat with their families. Silverberg said the lack of parking has made it difficult to rent a unit, and it’s the money he needs to own a property.

“The best way to describe the situation at Ski Town Square is that it creates physical and financial hardships for everyone who lives there, is a guest or renter,” said Silverberg. Told. “Without parking, there are multiple implications for everyone’s daily lives, including longtime residents who need a car to work, shop for groceries or respond to emergencies.”

Silverberg said he was part of a longtime owner who has been with the unit for over 20 years.

“Owners and people who live there talk about us as a blue-collar building,” Silverberg said. “None of the people who live there are rich or fly on jets.”

He added that the economic impact of what is happening in Ski Time Square is far-reaching than people realize, and the parking situation will also affect businesses in Ski Time Square and beyond. said giving.

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