Community center review tonight
City planners to examine revised project
December 14, 2006
Steamboat Springs — A month after city planning officials called the proposed Steamboat Springs Community Center “blatantly institutional” and “extremely bland,” architects will return to Centennial Hall with revised plans tonight.
Architect Nan Anderson of the Golden firm Andrews and Anderson Architects said Wednesday that the building’s new design addresses significant issues the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission raised last month. The commission voted 5-1 against a design that some commissioners compared to an industrial warehouse.
The revised design includes three gabled roofs, raised and varied rooflines, increased landscaping, less asphalt and a covered walkway across much of the building’s front faÃ§ade, which faces U.S. Highway 40 to the north.
“This design borrows from the arts and crafts tradition, by mixing materials such as shingles, stucco and stone, and balancing those elements together,” Anderson said. “It’s more sculptural, and more playful, than it was before.”
The Planning Commission will review the new design tonight. The meeting also includes a review of Sundance North Village, a proposed development that includes 22 residential units and 45,370 feet of office and retail space, spread across four buildings on the north side of Anglers Drive. The site is across Anglers Drive from the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center, which includes a U.S. Post Office and the Egg & I restaurant.
Sundance North Village includes a pair of large, two-story buildings that contain 12 commercial lots each with frontage on Anglers and parking in the rear. The buildings, with balconies and arching rooflines, are connected by a tower and second-story walkway.
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Pending approval and development plans, Sundance North could eventually contain as many as 31 residential units, due to a possible agreement with developers of Bear Claw III, a proposed residential project near the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area.
According to a city planning report, Bear Claw developers could purchase units at Sundance North to fulfill affordable housing requirements.
In recent meetings, some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council have praised the possible collaboration as a positive example of developers independently addressing city housing requirements.
Anderson said the Planning Commission reacted positively to the revised community center at a Monday work session. The 8,400-square-foot center is planned for a 2.3-acre site bordering the Yampa River and adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center, west of downtown Steamboat Springs.
“It seemed like they were pretty comfortable with the changes,” Anderson said. “I guess we’ll just have to see (tonight).”