New Mountain Valley Bank building aims for classic Steamboat look
Steamboat Springs — Mountain Valley Bank has entered the city of Steamboat Springs’ approval process with plans to build a new two-story bank of brick and stone on the last two undeveloped lots in Curve Plaza commercial center.
The site is immediately across the center’s internal street from the bank’s current location in a shopping center storefront. It’s also several doors away from Ace at the Curve hardware store.
“We’ve made a considerable investment in our online and mobile banking capabilities, and we feel it’s a natural extension to have a good physical location to serve the needs of our customers,” Mountain Valley Bank Corporate President Wade Gebhardt said.
In addition to overseeing the Steamboat bank, Gebhardt has responsibility for Mountain Valley Banks in Walden, Hayden and Meeker.
Mountain Valley Bank opened here in 2004 and has owned the site for the new 11,000-square-foot building for years.
Several factors contributed to the decision to build the new bank building, Gebhardt said.
“One is to provide better customer experience in the way that our customers expect,” he said. “Another is to show we’re really committed to the community by putting down roots. We think the west side of Steamboat is a core backbone to the year-around economy. We have a customer base that is pretty traditional Steamboat, with a lot of hard-working multi-generational families involved in light industrial and commercial aspects of the economy.”
“The bank is a use by right in that zone district, and it will be good to complete that corner of the development,” Senior City Planner Bob Keenan said of the project.
The commercial center was built in the late 1990s, with Clark’s grocery store anchoring the development where Ace at the Curve is now.
The style of the new building is intended to evoke classic Steamboat style like that seen at the historic Rehder building as well as in newer buildings like the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Ski and Bike Kare at Fifth and Lincoln, Gebhardt said. The project’s architect is Scott Myller.
City Council President Walter Magill, as the principle in Four Points Surveying and Engineering, has submitted the application documents for the bank project. He confirmed this week that he will step down from public hearings involving the new building.
Michael Ehrlich is the structural engineer on the project.
Plans for the new bank have just entered the planning process, and public hearings have yet to be scheduled.
Myller pointed out in a letter to city planning staff that the development site, which is also bounded on two sides by Shield Drive and U.S. Highway 40, is screened from the view of passing motorists by mature landscaping.
Plans call for 44 parking spaces on the site. Gebhardt said he made certain the parking spaces are big enough to accommodate some of the larger vehicles many of his customers favor.
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