Steamboat Brief: City Council agrees to fund teen center design |

Steamboat Brief: City Council agrees to fund teen center design

During a review of its capital improvements plan Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to budget money in 2009 to design a new youth and teen center at the Howelsen Ice Arena and pay for renovations of the historic, city-owned Rehder Building in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Council approved the designing of the youth and teen center in a 4-2 vote after Mountain Architecture agreed to reduce its fee 15 percent, to $75,000.

“I see this as an investment in our kids and community,” Councilman Steve Ivancie said.

City Council President Loui Antonucci said he didn’t think it was wise to spend money designing a project that the city may not have enough money to build anytime soon.

“You have to design it before you build it,” Councilman Jon Quinn replied. “I’d like to move this to the top of the agenda if we can.”

This year’s renovations to the Rehder Building are estimated at $400,000 and will be aided by $150,000 in grant money. The work includes masonry restoration, floor reinforcement and the replacement of second-floor windows and an entry door. The building needs an additional $600,000 in renovations, which will be completed by the Steamboat Art Museum. The museum is in the process of negotiating a long-term lease with the city as the sole tenant for 99 years.

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