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180-unit condo development proposed south of Walgreens

An application for Steamboat Crossings South
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— A former Steamboat Springs resident and developer has proposed building a 180-unit condominium development along Highway 40, just south of Pine Grove Road and the old Staples building.

The Steamboat Crossings South complex would have 15 three-story buildings, each with 12 residential units and 12 ground-level garages.

ARIA Property Group developer Michael Hurley, now based in Queensland, Australia, submitted plans with the Steamboat Springs Planning Department for the development last week.



“We’ve spent a lot of time, and we think we’ve got a really good plan,” Hurley said.

This is at least the third proposed condominium development at the site.



THF Real Estate of St. Louis, Missouri, proposed 100 condominium units and a small commercial center on either side of Pine Grove Road before the development of Walgreens took shape, amending the proposal in 2006 to be a 130-unit condo development called The Groves.

Developer Brian Olson purchased the land from THF in 2007, and the following year, proposed a new, 230-unit development. Neither project came to fruition.

The application received by the city’s planning department last Thursday would include 75 one-bedroom, 75 two-bedroom and 30 three-bedroom units on a 6.73-acre lot the company owns.

Hurley said the buildings would be individually sold as “entry-point” condos, which he envisions will be owner-occupied by locals.

The ground level of each of the 15 buildings would include 12 garages — one for each unit in the building — and a one-bedroom and three-bedroom unit, each with private access to their respective garages and a patio. The second and third stories would be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, each with its own private deck.

The plans have been assigned to city planner Bob Keenan and will soon be under review by the city’s technical advisory committee to see whether the development is compliant with building and other regulations.

Planning commission hearings will then begin, potentially as soon as April, Keenan said.

Hurley was part of the development team that oversaw multiple phases of the Trappeur’s Crossing condominium project on Village Drive near the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the early 2000s.

Eric Smith Associates architecture designed plans for Steamboat Crossings South and Trappeur’s Crossing, as well as several other multi-family developments around Steamboat.

Hurley said this development might be compared to The Pines at Ore House or Sunray Meadows — complexes with fewer amenities than the resort developments like Trappeur’s Crossing.

If the application moves smoothly through the planning process, Hurley said the development team would then read the market to determine when and how quickly to build, potentially building each of the 12 units separately, if necessary.

The development is a good sign for the local economy, said Hurley, who added that local builders would be utilized for the project.

“Any new development like this is a positive sign for the market,” he said. “New developments like these are good for jobs and for the community.”

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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