Fast-food development proposed |

Fast-food development proposed

— Elk River Crossing on Steamboat’s west side could soon become the site of a combined fast-food restaurant, convenience store and gas station.

Documents on file at the city of Steamboat Springs confirm that a Glenwood Springs company, Gilco Inc., has plans to build a 6,363-square-foot store at the corner of Elk River Road and U.S. 40, near Clark’s Market.

Dick Gilstrap, principal of Gilco, Inc., was not available for comment Friday.

Planning documents do not reflect the name of the restaurant that would be located inside the building.

Elk River Crossing, previously known as Curve Development is already approved for a commercial operation similar to the one proposed by Gilstrap.

However, the approved location is on the northwest corner of the site, at U.S.40 and Jailhouse Road. Gilstrap is proposing to locate his business on the northeast corner of the site, closer to the Steamboat Pilot & Today building. For that reason, he is seeking a revised major development permit from the city.

Plans submitted to the city on Aug. 13 by architect Don Brinkman of Eric Smith Associates show an east-facing building on the 1.4 acre site.

It would be a wood-frame structure with an exterior of wood, stucco and river rock. The canopy over the gas pumps would address Elk River Road South.

The building is proposed for an intersection controlled by the last stoplight on the city’s west side.

Transplan Associates has been engaged to study the flow of vehicles around the site. A local engineering firm, Landmark Consultants, Inc., has also been engaged to work on the project.

The Gilco development is on the waiting list at the city planning department. A staff planner has not yet been assigned to the project and no public hearing date has been set.

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