Rise of Yampa Street: Living at the Workman house
Steamboat Springs — Meghan Lutterman said living in the 100-year-old house at the confluence of Butcherknife Creek and the Yampa River had many perks.
“Having the river access was incredible,” she said. “It felt like a private piece of paradise for us.”
But living for a few years in one of the last residences on a street that is becoming more and more popular had its drawbacks.
It was hard to get in and out of the driveway, Lutterman said, and all the traffic nearby meant there was never really much privacy.
On the Fourth of July, she said some people would even wander onto the private property uninvited to watch fireworks explode across the river at Howelsen Hill.
“We definitely felt like the last residence down there. The last stakeout,” she said.
Today, Lutterman sits on the committee of seven people who are trying to advance a vision for the street to become a more pedestrian-friendly destination.
She said converting the property into a public park would be the highest use for the land.
“I think from the committee’s perspective, honoring that through making it into a park is neat,” she said. “It would really preserve the uniqueness and the special aspects of the property by making it that.”
The property has been appraised at $610,000, but it isn’t yet clear if the Workman family, which has owned the property since 1945, will sell it.
The committee’s plan for the property would be to remove the home and establish a new park with 125 feet of river access.
It could be done in conjunction with the development of a park at 911 Yampa St., currently a city-owned parking lot.
Lutterman said she liked the idea of having these two parks serve as sort of public bookends on the street.
The project near the Workman home also would include improving the riverbank near the property.
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday to have the city start to negotiate for the Workman property.
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