New building projects downtown and at the mountain enter city of Steamboat planning process |

New building projects downtown and at the mountain enter city of Steamboat planning process

New multi-family building at the mountain?

Just entering the city of Steamboat Springs planning process with a conceptual development plan this month is a proposal for a 14-unit residential project, The Viceroy, overlooking lower Ski Time Square from a steep lot on Burgess Creek Road.

Located immediately to the north of a large parking lot just west of the old Tugboat building, The Viceroy is being introduced to the planning process by Eric Smith Associates, of Boulder.

— A proposal for a new three-story downtown building at 608 Yampa Street has entered the city approval process with plans for a 900-square-foot retail space fronting on Yampa on the first level, an office space on the second floor and a three-bedroom residential condominium on the third floor.

The project is being shepherded through the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Process, by the Austin, Texas, architectural firm Forge Craft Architecture + Design with Landmark Consultants in Steamboat, on behalf of client David Zedeck.

It would be built at the corner of Sixth Street, with the new Workman Park on the Yampa River across the street. Alpenglow townhomes are immediately across the alley to the north. The city parking lot and pocket park along Butcherknife Creek is close by to the west. The site is currently occupied by a small, brown, single-family home.

Zedeck said with two high school students within two years of leaving for college, he and his wife plan to move from their single-family home here into the new residential condo.

“I moved here from Austin, one of the hottest markets that there is,” Zedeck said Wednesday. “I thought, with downtown revving up, let’s move downtown.”

He’ll lease out the office space on the second floor and is interested in locating a high-traffic business in the ground-level commercial space, but probably not a full-service restaurant.

“Something I’d like to frequent,” Zedeck said of the type of business he’d prefer. “Maybe a small grocery. I want interesting things down there. I like what the city has done with Workman Park. You want really a nice product there. I want that downtown to be a really nice walking street.”

Architect Scott Grinder described the design and materials planned for the building as being compatible with some of the more contemporary restaurant buildings on the street, as well as both the redevelopment of the mid-century Yampa Valley Electric Building and the more traditional buildings on Lincoln Avenue.

“The exterior material palette is composed of rich, natural materials that are compatible with both the historic and more traditionally designed development along Lincoln Avenue, as well as the newer, more contemporary projects along Yampa,” Grinder wrote in a description of the building submitted to the planning department. “Through the use of board-formed concrete, concrete siding, zinc panels, cut limestone veneers, longleaf pine inlays and perforated corten steel fences, the project will add significant visual interest to the streetscape as a whole.”

Zedeck said his emphasis was on using expensive exterior building materials that will pay off over time through energy efficiency and low maintenance costs.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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