One Steamboat Place on hold
Steamboat Springs — The developers for One Steamboat Place will have another chance to turn their project around.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday voted to table the review of the project’s development plan, citing concerns with its mass and scale.
One Steamboat Place would be at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. It would be at a vacant parking lot adjacent to the gondola, off of AprÃs Ski Way and below Mount Werner Circle.
One Steamboat Place would include 83 residential units, including three employee units. There would also be 227,000 in additional square footage, which would include: 15,000 square feet of commercial space, 36,000 square feet in interior amenities, 60,000 square feet in building services and 116,000 square feet of parking and driving areas.
Speaking in approval of the project before the vote were representatives from base area interests as well as Jim Schneider, a vice president with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Commissioner Dana Stopher said the project was “wonderful,” but she could not support it.
One of her main concerns was the size of the residential units, which she said create a building that is too big.
“The mass in my mind is still too large,” she said.
Commissioner Nancy Engelken agreed.
“People come to mountain towns to be able to see the mountains,” she said.
Commissioner Steve Lewis said he felt the same. One of his other concerns was that he didn’t think three employee units were enough.
Commissioner Tracy Barnett said she had no objections to its mass and that three units are enough.
Commissioner Cari Hermacinski said she was comfortable with the mass and the scale of the structure. If the mass or scale were reduced, she said, the project might be at risk.
“It might not have the economic sustainability it needs to jump-start the base area,” she said.
Commissioner Dick Curtis thanked the applicants for their work.
“I truly believe that you care about the area and care to get the best project possible,” Curtis said.
However, he said, the question is whether people can walk around the project and enjoy it.
“We’re fairly close,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re there yet” because of the height and massing.
Chairwoman Kathi Meyer expressed frustration with the group. She said they were asking for things that were unreasonable.
“If we really don’t want redevelopment at the base, then let’s just say that,” she said. Meyer said she was afraid of “what we might get” if the project were turned down. She encouraged the group to come up with what are called “friendly amendments” to resolve their issues but help move the project forward.
No amendment will solve the issue of the building being too big, Stopher said.
“This building is going to be here forever,” she said. “I just want it to be right the first time.”
When the commission made a motion to approve the project, Hermacinski, Barnett and Meyer voted in favor of it; Engelken, Curtis, Stopher and Lewis did not.
The commission then voted unanimously to table the project, which will be up for planning commission review again during a special meeting Aug. 3. The development plan will then have to pass Steamboat Springs City Council review.
Final approval of the project requires commission and council review of the final development plan, which will be part of a separate process.
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