Dream Island renovation project would add more studio apartments to Steamboat’s housing supply
March 12, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Another former motel property that has been offering workforce housing in Steamboat Springs is poised to get a major makeover.
The owners of the apartments at the Dream Island mobile home community have submitted plans to completely remodel 30 apartments in the complex.
The project is also slated to convert some existing ground floor retail spaces, such as the former Mogil’s on the Mountain camera shop and storage units, into additional studio apartment units.
When the work is complete, the plans call for the creation of seven new apartment units.
Documents submitted to the city claim the old 1950s motel units will be gutted so that new insulation, windows, bathrooms and galley kitchens can be installed.
Elk River Guns will not be affected by the work on the apartment buildings.
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Before the remodel can go forward, the owners of the property need permission from the city to allow the rental units on the ground floor of buildings that front Lincoln Avenue.
City codes do not allow for that kind of use without city approval.
The owners note that several of the units have already served as monthly and long-term rentals for seasonal employees and residents with low or fixed incomes.
There are 40 existing parking spaces for the 30 units.
According to the design plans, the renovated apartment units will range in size from 228 to 354 square feet with most of the units averaging 288 square feet.
The property owners didn’t return a phone call Monday.