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77-unit condo building in Steamboat returns to city planning process

— A resort condominium project envisioned for Burgess Creek Road in 2007 has returned to the city planning process with plans for 77 units in a building that at its tallest reaches eight stories just north of the existing Bronze Tree project.

The developers of Ski Country Lodge submitted an application for a development plan during the last week in January, Steamboat Springs City Planner Jason Peasley said last week. The project, formerly known as Steamboat Highlands, would be built on an elongated parcel near Burgess Creek Road and Storm Meadows Drive. Burgess Creek runs close to the northern property boundary just before it angles to the southwest and runs under Ski Time Square Drive. Architect Tom Jarmon, of Eric Smith Associates Architecture and Planning, said the building is designed to work with the sloped site.

"The building goes up three or four stories on the south side and steps back and tiers up with the topography to six to eight stories over two levels of parking on the south side near Storm Meadows Drive," Jarmon said.

One level of parking is underground, and the second is partially underground, he added.

Construction on the condominium project could begin a little more than a year from now, according to a brief statement contained in a sheaf of architectural renderings: "Ski Country Lodge is anticipated to be a one-phase project depending on the real estate market. The anticipated construction start is in spring 2013."

The development site is occupied by the 10,856-square-foot Ski Country Enterprises building built in 1980.

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The development entity is Ski Country LLC registered in Houston, but the contact person is an individual with Gava Capital, a private real estate investment firm based in Monterrey, Mexico.

The developers purchased the land for the new condominium building for $11.5 million in September 2007.

Peasley said the current review of Ski Country Lodge is a relatively new procedure intended to allow developers to accomplish much of the site planning process before they move on to more costly engineering and detailed architectural drawings.

"You answer the big-picture questions first before you go to the engineers," Peasley said. "It's very similar to the process the Ptarmigan went through" in 2011.

Among the questions that will be dealt with during the course of the development plan process are building height, massing, roof pitches and the water body setback for Burgess Creek.

The development plan is not the same as the final development permit process, Peasley said, and issuance of a development plan would not allow the developers to break ground.

Preliminary drawings for the project show that it would contain two levels of underground parking cut into a hillside and the condominiums, though contained in a single building, would be built in three small towers of varying heights.

Development partners

An article published in The Desert Sun newspaper in June 2001 linked Gava Capital to the purchase of a distressed luxury home subdivision in Rancho Mirage, Calif., near Palm Springs. A company called Meriwether Management acquired the Villas of Mirada subdivision, adjacent to a Ritz-Carlton hotel in a joint venture with Gava Capital.

A principal in Meriwether told the Sun that Meriwether plans to invest $100 million throughout the coming years in real estate projects in resort and urban markets throughout North America.

Peasley said that no public hearings regarding Ski Country Lodge have been scheduled but that meetings tentatively could take place in March.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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