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North Sundance rises again

Four commercial buildings would comprise 60,000 square feet

— There is renewed interest in developing several large, mixed-use commercial buildings on the north side of Anglers Drive. They would total more than 60,000 square feet.

A development group led by Jim Cook of Steamboat Springs, two men from Illinois and one man from Indiana has applied for a major development permit to construct four buildings, including one larger than 20,000 square feet, on 10 acres in the Sundance North Commercial project.

Jim and Susan Larson of AlpenGlow Ventures had begun the process of obtaining a development permit for the parcel in 2003 and 2004, but they withdrew their petition before it was given final approval. They sold the land to Cook and his business partners in April for $2.2 million.



The new developers are proposing four commercial buildings with 22 residential units on upper floors.

The two buildings closest to Anglers Drive would be two stories and offer a little more than 18,000 square feet each, including six residential units on the second levels and 36 parking spaces in an underground structure. An elevator tower would be between the two buildings with connections via a footbridge.



The largest building in the project would be across an interior surface parking lot on the north side of the site and against a steep hill. It would contain 28,843 square feet and provide nine residential units.

City Planner Jonathan Spence said the new developers would start from scratch in the city approval process with the exception of a traffic study from the AlpenGlow proposal, which needs only minor adjustments.

Spence said he was generally pleased with the fact that the first two buildings would address the streetscape, trapping the surface parking to the rear. However, he said the architecture, dominated by traditional gables, could be improved. Spence also said he would like to see something more creative.

AlpenGlow acquired the land in a purchase of the existing Sundance Plaza commercial center, which has since been extensively remodeled and renamed Sundance at Fish Creek.

Some development already has taken place on the north side of Anglers Drive. Included is the new First National Bank of the Rockies building next to McDonalds restaurant and the second phase of Sundance Creek condominiums to the east of Sundance North Commercial.

Cook could not be reached for comment about the project. His partners are Dennis Collins and Richard Katz, both of DeKalb, Ill., and Thomas McCalley of Carmel, Ind. Each has a 25 percent interest in the purchase of the site from AlpenGlow.

To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com.


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