Developers share conceptual plan for 7 potential neighborhoods at Steamboat 700 parcel
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs City Council and a large audience Tuesday got a first look at a potential series of new neighborhoods on the west side of Steamboat Springs that could create as many as 1,600 new housing units, a sports complex and mixed-use spaces across the next 30 years.
Brynn Grey, a real estate development company, drafted the conceptual plan for seven neighborhoods on the former Steamboat 700 parcel.
The plans included a variety of different housing types, ranging from duplexes to townhomes to single-family homes.
The neighborhoods had parks and trails and were drawn around a space that could accomodate a sports complex complete with a recreation center and ballfields.
“I’m really excited about the possibilities for this site,” Tom Lyon, the architect behind the conceptual plan, told the council as he shared a vision he has spent recent months putting on paper.
The council and several audience members had positive reactions to the possibility of several new neighborhoods that would be annexed into the city.
Many young professionals went to the podium to express initial support for the project.
“Opportunity is knocking,” said Steamboat business owner Stephanie Traylor.
But before the idea gets rolling, some community members urged the council to first look at some of the challenges the development would have to clear to be feasible, especially how to address the additional need for water from the growth.
Tim Rowse urged the council to gauge whether the community would welcome the scale of the development.
Representatives from Brynn Grey did not reveal any specific price points for the potential housing, but the development company has experience in creating neighborhoods with deed-restricted units.
They have not yet submitted a development application with the city. Before they do, they wanted to get feedback from the community and the council.
The council was supportive of the developers continuing to gauge the community’s interest in the proposed development via a public process.
Council President Walter Magill said the timing was right for such a proposal.
“Rental housing is in short supply and prices are going up. We certainly welcome more products,” Magill said. “The whole concept of the west neighborhoods is really exciting, and I wish you to move forward.”
Magill did share what he thought some of the challenges would be for the project, including the need for a commercial center such as a grocery store that would help keep added traffic away from the other end of the city.
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