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D Bar K tells county it plans to boost non-profit STARS while expanding storage units

STARS inline to use 'active' open space at storage expansion

A plan to build a major expansion to the D Bar K storage units on Steamboat's south side and at the same time create room for Steamboat Adaptive Recreation Sports (STARS) to expand on its new property goes to the Routt County Board of Commissioners today.

The plan, still in the conceptual phase, is to add an additional 270 storage units in 27,150 square feet spread over three buildings on 1.5 acres of a larger five-acre parcel just south of city limits. The site is on the west side of U.S. Highway 40 and is bounded on the north and west by Bald Eagle Lake.

The project is going through the county planning process as a Planned Unit Development because it has split zoning, Planning Director Chad Phillips told county commissioners Monday. Its status as a PUD requires developer D Bar K Investments, whose principals include Curt Weiss and Mark McElhinney, to provide two acres of open space that would be actively used by the public.

STARS' representative Julie Taulman, whose organization provides recreational activities such as skiing to adaptive athletes, said D Bar K is a very quiet operation, and the opportunity to expand "is of huge benefit" to STARS.

The Routt County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project Nov. 5.

D Bar K currently comprises 134 storage units in five buildings that were approved in 2002. At the time, the county required that the visual impact be mitigated with landscaping — a western look on the ends of the steel buildings facing the highway and a rail fence at the entrance.

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The D Bar K has a history dating back to the mid 20th century. A home was built on the site in 1948, and in 1959, the D Bar K motel was built next door.

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County commissioners will also consider a plan by a commercial snowmobile operator, Elk Mountain Adventure Tours, to use a stretch of remote Routt County Road 80 to access groomed trails on a large tract of private land about 14 miles north of Hayden.

Jason Kuczma, representing the operators, told the Planning Commission this month that Elk Mountain Adventure Tours is in its sixth year of operation. His clients will be picked up in Hayden and driven to the point on RCR 80 at which winter maintenance ends They will board snow machines to ride north on the county road to reach groomed trails exclusively on private land.

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

If you go

What: Permit applications for Elk Mountain Adventure Tours and D Bar K storage expansion go before Routt County Commissioners

When: Elk Mountain at 1:30 p.m. and D Bar K at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs

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