Design modified for 180-unit Steamboat Crossings South development |

Design modified for 180-unit Steamboat Crossings South development

Teresa Ristow

This rendering reflects the updated design of buildings at Steamboat Crossings South, a 180-unit residential development proposed on a lot south of Pine Grove Road and the old Staples building.

— Plans for a 180-unit residential development near Walgreens have undergone some building and design modifications as a result of the city's planning process.

Originally proposed in February by former Steamboat Springs resident and developer Michael Hurley, the Steamboat Crossings South complex has been modified to have fewer buildings, more open space and a new architectural design, all to better comply with the city's community development code.

"There's the same number of units, but in less buildings," said Bob Keenan, senior city planner for Steamboat Springs.

The updated plans, received by the planning department July 13, show 11 four-story residential buildings on the 6.73 acre lot, compared with 15 three-story buildings proposed in February. Plans still call for a total of 180 units and a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.

Exterior designs of the buildings have also been updated, the plans show.

"When they first submitted, it was brought to their attention that it was not in compliance with a number of design standards," Keenan said.

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Development standards in place by the city help ensure variations between adjacent buildings in a residential development, Keenan said.

"This provides some architectural variety between building types," he said.

The 11 buildings in the new plans will also have a varying number of units, from 14 to 19 units per building depending on the structure type. Previous plans called for 15 buildings, each with 12 units.

The development is being reviewed by the city’s technical advisory committee, a process that requires an undetermined amount of time based on other plan revisions that might be needed.

Following the review phase, the development will be the subject of planning commission and city council hearings.

Hurley said in February that, after the plan gains approval, he will read the local market and determine when to build, potentially constructing buildings separately, in phases.

Hurley, now based in Queensland, Austrailia, 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.

A copy of the development plans is available as part of the “Current Projects Map” on the city’s Planning and Community Development web page at

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