Steamboat CIty Council agrees that city should take on common area maintenance at new hangar development |

Steamboat CIty Council agrees that city should take on common area maintenance at new hangar development

The Steamboat Springs Airport as pictured from above.
John F. Russell

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday agreed that the city should take on the common area maintenance at a private hangar development at Steamboat Springs Airport.

The council voted 6-0 to amend a master ground lease that had called for the hangar development to cover the cost of the maintenance, which is estimated to total $15,000 per year.

Council members viewed their decision to take on the maintenance responsibilities, which include things like plowing taxiways, landscaping and pavement maintenance, as an economic development opportunity.

The city will not maintain the hangars themselves.

Council member Sonja Macys said the council’s decision was largely based on making sure the city had a functioning airport that brought in businesses.

The council also recently received data from Aviation Development Group, the developer of the new hangar complex, that showed the five hangars will generate more than $1.2 million in lease payments during the 40-year term of the ground lease.

The city also collects money from fuel sales at the airport.

“With the higher lease rates, I think we do generate enough money to take care of the maintenance,” Council Member Walter Magill said.

The city also recently discovered its 12-year-old ground lease with another hangar development at the airport called for the hangar development to provide the common area maintenance.

However, the city has been covering that maintenance.

The council indicated it did not want to change that arrangement either.

Council President Bart Kounovsky stepped down from the hangar maintenance vote.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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