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Proposed mixed-use development on Yampa Street moves forward

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The proposed three-story mixed-use structure at 608 Yampa Road has a commercial area on the bottom floor and four residential units on the upper floors.
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In a unanimous vote, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission recommended approval of a three-story mixed-use development at 608 Yampa Street.

The 13,738-square-foot building is located on the corner of Sixth and Yampa Streets, adjacent to a section of Butcherknife Creek through a parking lot south of Clyde Pie.

The proposed plan would have commercial/retail space on the ground floor facing Yampa Road, which the developer would ideally subdivide for a historic museum with items for retail purchases, or a hair salon. I believe it is. The side of the building facing 6th Avenue provides access to a “semi-underground” parking structure.

The west side of the building faces the creek and has a two-story patio with snow melting floors and fireplaces on both floors. The patio also has an accessible ramp and gated access to Yampa Road. The upper patio is intended to serve the upper floor living units.

On the 2nd and 3rd floors are four 2,000 square foot condos with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The developer sought approval for five change requests that city officials and the Planning Commission deemed relatively minor.

For example, one request for change was because the building was too close to Butcherknife Creek, but the developers designed that section of the building as a patio to avoid walling too close to the creek.

City staff determined that the change in development plans would not adversely affect nearby properties, and the commissioner agreed.

However, Jacobs’ development plans have caused concern among neighbors.

Looking at an illustration of the proposed structure from a street corner perspective, on the right side of the image is the patio of the Alpenglow Condominium, with the view of Yampa Road completely blocked by the new building.

In public comments, two Alpenglow residents expressed their concerns to the commissioner.

Stephanie Welsh shared some concerns with the plan including the rooftop area, saying the roof deck, pergola and stair access structure make the rooftop area feel like an addition. floor.

She also didn’t think that the building’s exterior didn’t match the surrounding area, and that a blank wall facing Alpenglow would be a painful sight.

“It’s kind of disappointing to be this close and look like that,” said Welsh.

Jacobs doesn’t want windows facing adjacent properties for privacy reasons, and although city ordinances don’t require a space between two buildings, he kept the building five feet away from the adjacent building. These concerns were addressed by stating that we were planning to set it up on location. consideration.

Another resident who expressed concern, Suzanne Dixon, said she was concerned about the health of Butcherknife Creek and feared the potential impact the building would have on the creek’s vegetation and wildlife. I asked if any environmental surveys that indicated that it had been carried out.

Senior planner Kerry Douglas said the city’s ordinance does not require an environmental study in this particular instance, and planning committee members hoped that any structure built there would cast a similar shadow. He said he expects

Dixon also said he was concerned about parking spaces being lost due to parking access.

The project architects anticipate that about 1.5 parking spaces will be lost to access to the parking lot, and plans call for extending the sidewalk in front of the building, so another parking space will be created on the street corner. I acknowledged that I could be lost.

Douglas replied that city officials determined that the project’s impact on the parking lot was not significant enough to reject the development plan.

The commissioner shared some of the same concerns with his neighbors, but ultimately didn’t feel he had reached the necessary threshold for not recommending the development plan to the city council.

“The last time we built a big building downtown was like 2007,” said Commissioner Derek Hodson. “So you’re going to see some modern looks transition to something more modern. It seems to fit the idea of ​​what the downtown building codes are.”

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