Kathy Cline: Questions for you
October 7, 2018
Have you recently moved to Steamboat Springs for its unique attributes including, but not limited to, the beautiful landscape and the charming, historic character of this small but vibrant town?
Have you lived here most of your life and always been part of the unique fabric of this community?
Or, do you fall somewhere in between, like me? I moved here in the ’70s and fell in love with the rural Routt County landscape and the special sense of place I feel in the Steamboat Springs community.
If any of these scenarios apply to you, I hope you noticed Steamboat Pilot & Today’s recent articles about the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission's upcoming review of the draft Downtown Area Plan, which will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Meeting Room at Centennial Hall. Former City Planning Director Tyler Gibbs, I am grateful to learn, has graciously agreed to serve as a consultant to this plan and its implementation.
Did you know that, as the first article pointed out, "from approximately Fifth to 11th streets, Lincoln Avenue has been designated on the National Park Service's Register of Historic Places?" For years leading up to this designation, preservation-minded property owners, including the city of Steamboat Springs, dedicated business owners and a hardworking group of locals that documented the historic attributes of Lincoln Avenue all contributed to this incredible recognition.
Yet, it seems few residents and visitors know that downtown Steamboat Springs is a National Historic District, let alone think about how the charming character of this town is defined by its historic buildings, among other important qualities.
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The commission is asking for public input, and I believe this is a critical opportunity to let commission members know what is important to us and our community in regards to the future development of Oak Street, Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street. If you can, please join me Thursday evening, Oct. 11 at the meeting to express your opinion. You can also submit public comment online at steamboatsprings.net/791/downtown-plan.
Together, let's help codify what it is that makes Steamboat Springs so special so that, as we continue to grow, we retain the essence of our unique sense of place and not only who we are but where we came from.
Historic Routt County board of directors