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Possibilities come into view as work continues at 609 Yampa Street building

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Rainy weather on Friday, June 24, 2022 pushed the crew into a building at 609 Yampa St. in Steamboat Springs. There are boathouse pubs, Sake2U and 609 Yampa. The building was sold to the Western Center in 2014 and is being renovated into an event space.
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Located on the banks of the Yampa River, the 609 Yampa St. building offers views of the river, Howellsen Hill and Mount Werner. Therefore, it was possible that Corey Wagner could have seen it when the Western Center purchased the property.

Wagner, Executive Vice President of Western Centers, said it was decided to create an event space at 609 Yampa after the demand for event space on the Snow Bowl Steamboat has increased over the past few years. Western Centers, an Aurora-based real estate investment company, owns both properties.

“Given how much snow bowls are used for events, that’s what we felt was a good need,” Wagner said. “Especially along the river.”



Western Centers will purchase the property for $ 2.1 million in 2019 and plans to refurbish and reopen the space. These plans were put on hold in March 2020 due to the rise of COVID-19 and subsequent uncertainties.

After a delay, construction of the building will begin earlier this spring, and Wagner hopes that a new concept called the “boathouse” will be completed by late August or September.



When completed, the ground floor of the building will be opened to provide 1,500 square feet of indoor space. This does not include a covered patio that adds another 500 square feet. Added glass doors leading to open spaces along both Butcher Knife Creek and the Yampa River.

We want to provide space for events such as weddings, corporate presentations, parties and fundraising.


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According to Wagner, the first door space will be opened to allow event planners to participate in community events such as fundraising and company parties. There will also be weddings, family gatherings, reunions, fundraising and other group events.

“The ground floor remains an open space,” Wagner said. “It’s a kind of community space that aims to host events such as fundraising, private events, company gatherings such as holidays and dinners. The purpose of the first floor is to be an event space.”

He said the second floor would be a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residential unit, and the third floor would remain a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home. Both of these units have their own entrance using an outer staircase.

According to Wagner, this concept allows couples to rent an entire facility to host weddings and rehearsal dinners. They were able to attend the event in the space downstairs and then escape to the residential unit upstairs.

“The intention is that these units will be available and will be the amenities on the ground floor,” Wagner said. “They were able to use their entire property. Also, if you don’t have a wedding or event, or if you have a group that just wants space on the first floor, rent space on the second and third floors at night. can do.”

There was a kitchen on the second floor of the building, but Wagner said the kitchen was removed to make room for the new housing unit. He said space leasing people need to use external catering companies and vendors to serve food and drink to the event.

The building had a boathouse pub, Sake2U, 609 Yampa. The new name, The Boathouse, is the tip of a downtown pub hat that was inside the building before it closed in March 2014.

Business partners Kier, Eric Delaney, Drew Brilakis Signed a contract with former pub owner Howard Ulep in 2014 Buy a building The partner has moved the sushi restaurant Saketsumi to the space. The restaurant later became Sake2U and then moved to 609Yampa and closed. November 2019 after the building was purchased by Western Centers.

“Ultimately, when it’s done, we can really show what we’ve done there,” Wagner said. “Now, if you look at the building, you can see that it has a lot of scaffolding, but a lot of windows and a lot of light …. Previously, the view towards the mountains, or towards the streams and rivers. Did not emphasize, but we definitely changed it. “

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