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Planning Commission approves 60-unit apartment building downtown

Scott Franz

A rendering by Davis Partnership Architects shows how a proposed apartment complex with retail bays on the first level might look. The project is proposed for the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 12th Street.

— A 60-unit rental apartment building with three retail bays proposed for the corner of 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue got a green light Thursday from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

The 4-2 approval vote came after the developer agreed to extend a snowmelt system to the alleyway on the property. Some nearby residents had voiced concern about snow storage on the property.

Right before that compromise was made, the commission voted 3-3 not to approve the project.

Some commissioners were concerned about the look of the building and the number of variances that it needed.

The commissioners who endorsed the development hailed it as a project that will create new housing for local workers and bring new energy and vitality to the west side of downtown.

Commissioner Rich Levy, who voted against the plan twice, said it was a sense of “architectural unhappiness” that made him not support the project.

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“When I look at this building, I don’t see anything of a historical context. I see a very modern building,” Levy said.

The building design got the blessing of Main Street Steamboat Springs’ design committee.

In approving the project, the commission endorsed several variances, including one that made the building taller and more dense.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the project Tuesday.

The apartment building will replace the former location of Boomerang Sports Exchange and the building that currently houses Red Bowl Curry Haus.

Developer Eric Rogers told the commission Thursday night that all of the units will be rentals marketed toward tenants who make $50,000 to $100,000 a year.

Price points on the units tentatively range from $1,200 to the high $2,000s per month.

The project is not being marketed as affordable housing, but Rogers and commissioners said it would be an attractive housing option for local workers in a prime location.

Rogers said the building will allow about 70 to 80 people to live, work and play in downtown Steamboat.

Pets will be allowed.

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