Signs of progress seen in rebuilding Ski Time Square |

Signs of progress seen in rebuilding Ski Time Square

— A local representative of an Austin, Texas, developer intent on building a new post-recession, multi-family resort housing project at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area told members of the city’s Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee Thursday his client would like to break ground on The Viceroy in 2016, if possible.

The 13-unit project would face Ski Time Square and the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area from a steep building site accessed from Burgess Creek Road. It would sit just above a lightly used parking lot immediately east of the old Tugboat Saloon building in Ski Time Square. The smaller of the two buildings would be located on Burgess Creek Road, where it would screen the entrance drive from view. A second building requiring a large retaining wall cut into the hillside would house the residential units.

Developer Steve Harren, “based in Austin, Texas, told us they have some pre-sales already out of the Austin area, so they feel pretty bullish on starting this spring,” architect Eric Smith said.

The Viceroy project comprises 13 large “flats” on a single-story within a six-story building. An exception is the multi-story unit on the west end of The Viceroy that would have its own glass-walled elevator.

URACC members welcomed news of the Viceroy.

“We were very pleased to hear about this potential new development,” URAAC Vice-Chairman Steve Frasier said after the meeting. “I think the whole community has been eagerly anticipating some progress in rebuilding the Ski Time Square area. The URA has been busy improving connectivity throughout the base area and preparing the infrastructure to accommodate new projects. It is satisfying to see some success in that effort with this new project, and we hope it helps spur additional development in the near future.”

Boulder-based Smith, who has shepherded many condominium projects through the development permit process here, emphasized the project is only in the conceptual phase and that no permit hearings with the city have been scheduled.

URAAC makes recommendations to Steamboat Springs City Council regarding improvements to be carried out within a geographical area near the base of the ski area, using public funds derived from increases in the property-tax base within that area. If completed, the Viceroy would represent incremental growth in the property tax base within the URA.

The URA’s most significant improvements have been the creation of the heated promenade wrapping the ski base in a horseshoe shape with the daylighting of Burgess Creek and its water features.

Smith and civil engineer Eric Griepentrog, of Landmark Consultants, appeared before URAAC to introduce the condominium project and talk about their tentative plans to build trails leading from the project to connections with trails it manages in the vicinity of the ski base.

URAAC members agreed to contact neighboring homeowners’ associations and property owners to encourage them to collaborate with the developers on facilitating the trail connections, which are part of URAAC’s mission.

In 2016, URAAC is partnering with the city Public Works Department to make improvements for pedestrians and vehicles at the intersection of Après Ski Way and Village Drive at the southern entrance to the ski base.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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