Overlook partners plan to build homes in new Steamboat subdivision by 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A team of earth moving equipment has been busy this month cutting roads and roughing in elevations on the long-awaited Overlook Park residential subdivision in West Steamboat, which was approved a decade ago for 140 lots on 70 acres just west of the existing West End Village subdivision.
Lead partner Bob Zibell, who purchased the dormant project from Yampa Valley Electric Association in January 2018 for $3.28 million, was optimistic that the first home starts at Overlook could begin in 2019.
“I think we’ll be building houses up there next year,” Zibell said. “I don’t think it will take that long to get the asphalt in (next year), so we can actually start building. We’ll start with the center section, with close to 50 lots.”
Part of the reason Zibell has a positive outlook is that his partner, Tony Emerson, of Topeka, Kansas, also owns Emcon Inc., an excavating firm.
Emerson confirmed he purchased some of the eight to nine pieces of heavy equipment that are currently being used to get the dirt moving underway. Some of the equipment is laser guided, Emerson said.
“We’ve done that for years,” he said. “In the old days, we would have had the whole thing staked. Now it’s push-button to control the angle of the blade on the final pass.”
As the heavy equipment cuts down in the dirt to get the proper elevation for internal roads, the GPS on the earthmover will get corrections up to 50 times a second to control the angle of the blade on the final pass, he explained. Once the building lots and roads are cut to grade, work will belong on water and sewer utility lines.
“We’re shooting for mid-July to shoot the sanitary sewer,” Emerson said. “We’ll know by mid June,” if that timetable is feasible.
Another Steamboat man, Jarle Halsnes, is also an investor in the revived Overlook Park project, which is located just inside the city limits and already had the vested development permit it needed to proceed.
Zibell, who previously owned and operated a general aviation business at the airport in Topeka, Kansas, owns a home in West Steamboat. He said he has not listed the Overlook building lots with a broker but is happy to field calls from interested parties on his cell phone at 785-845-3709.
He told Steamboat Today early in 2018 that he plans to follow through on the need for a second access road to the subdivision, by building a western connection from Overlook to U.S. 40 just across from the Sleepy Bear mobile home park.
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