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River Walk on council table

Development would replace Westland Mobile Home Park

Christine Metz

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will review River Walk, a proposed development that would replace the Westland Mobile Home Park where more than 100 people live.

Developer Jim Cook is presenting a pre-application plan for 50 residential units and commercial and retail space between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street and Third and Fourth streets. The applicant is ER III, LLC, a company that lists Cook as the registered agent.

The Dec. 11 Planning Commission hearing on River Walk lasted three hours.

Attorney Mark Freirich, who represents one of the mobile-home owners, said the development would dislocate 39 homes in the trailer park, which has been in operation for more than 30 years.

Cook said efforts have been made to assist mobile-home owners with relocation.

But Freirich said mobile-home owners have few options for moving their homes and that many of the homes are not in good enough condition to move. Some mobile-home owners stand to lose as much as $25,000, he said.

“Basically, these homes are going to be destroyed. There isn’t any place to put them,” Freirich said.

In his presentation to the Planning Commission, Cook acknowledged the problems in moving the homes to other parks and the limited spaces available for them. Cook said the Regional Affordable Living Foundation had been contacted to work with the homeowners.

Discussions continue for developing a new mobile home park on a different parcel where mobile-home owners could buy land, Cook said. And, the development group is looking at an affordable single-family housing project near downtown that could provide 10 to 12 units.

Part of the development plan also includes a minimum of 10 percent of the units be bought by people who work in or near Old Town and make 80 percent or less of the median income. Those homes would be deed restricted, Cook told the Planning Commission.

Plans for the 3.5-acre parcel call for taking advantage of the 600 feet of frontage along the Yampa River and opening up Spring Creek. The plan includes a path along the river that has the potential of connecting to Dr. Rich Weiss Park.

The pre-application plans for about 50 residential units — 30 apartments including live/work units and 17 larger townhomes — on the north bank of the river. Retail and commercial spaces would wrap around Fourth Street’s corner.

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