Letter to the editor: Wrong project, wrong location
The proposal for a huge apartment house at 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue should never have been approved. The developers requested and received approval from the City Council in spite of non-compliance with many provisions of the city’s building code, including density, elevation and third-floor setbacks.
The approved building will be very utilitarian, without charm or any relation to Steamboat Springs. City Council ignored the building code and voted for the project in spite of its many drawbacks.
Young professionals earning $50,000 to $100,000 a year are not going to want a one-bedroom apartment. These apartments are too small, and 60 apartments are too many for the property. Pets are allowed and will overrun Little Toots Park.
The developers are providing one parking space for each apartment, but many couples have two cars and where is the extra parking? Parking for the library, park and river is already at a premium.
Think of the traffic problems caused by a garage entrance/exit on Lincoln Avenue. Think of the increased traffic.
The developers claim they cannot afford to build this apartment house without all the exceptions to the city’s building code. So be it. The city’s allegiance should be to the code not the developers.
There is a need for rental housing, and this project could be built somewhere else, but 12th and Lincoln is the wrong location.
Signed by: Carol Markowtz, Jeanne Upbin, Nancy M. Smith, Maureen Smith, Marlene Lindquist, Cheryl Flagg, Jean Wetzel, Lauri Honea, Patti Lindquist, Brad Bingham, Ed Crislip, Lindsey Barr, Katie Lindquist, Kent Eriksen, Michelle Isaeff, Janine Lodico, Beverly Leherer-Brennan, Marie Arnold, Patricia Pillow, Natalie Cowan, Marian Tolles, Scott C. Schlapkohl, Jennifer Gunderson, Robert Gunderson, Cindy Craft, Cheryl Atkinson, Mark Cejer
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