Old house on Yampa Street could find new life as office space, emergency housing or something else
Steamboat Springs — A small, historic house on Yampa Street could be saved from the wrecking ball after all.
The city of Steamboat Springs received five letters of interest for the 101-year-old Workman house that must be removed from the riverside property this summer before it can be transformed into a public park.
Community groups and individuals who are interested in using the home that was recently acquired by the city include the First Baptist Church, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Tyler and Jenny Snyder, Dan Edmiston and Kelly Klawiter.
The Youth Corps wants to possibly use the Workman home as additional office or warehouse space, while the First Baptist Church is eyeing the house to potentially provide short-term, emergency housing near the church.
Information on the other three letters of interest for the house weren’t immediately available Tuesday afternoon.
While the city released the names of those who are interested in the home, they are not releasing the letters of interest and their proposals, citing possible proprietary information.
The city is planning to assess the structural integrity of the home and also check for asbestos. The results of both inspections could factor into whether the house is ultimately reused.
The city is willing to donate the home to an owner at no cost. However, the new owner would be responsible for the relocation costs.
Interviews with two of the parties interested in the home Monday revealed the relocation itself could cost them between $15,000 to $20,000, plus the cost of a new foundation.
Look for a story this week in the Steamboat Today with more information on the possible relocation proposals.
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