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Steamboat’s Torian Plum poised to re-roof parking garage

Project granted permit as promenade moves forward

The lawn that has topped the underground parking structure at Torian Plum will be redesigned in keeping with design standards of the new ski base makeover in 2011 when a new waterproof membrane is installed on the concrete roof beneath the grass.
Tom Ross

— The Torian Plum Home­owners Association has been granted a building permit to undertake expensive repairs to the roof of its parking garage, but the repair work could be just a precursor to future improvements that would make the garage roof more of a public gathering space.

Torian Plum was built in the 1980s, and its garden-level parking garage always has been a little out of the ordinary, with open air windows overlooking a place where ski school classes assemble on its southern side and elevators access the Torian shops on the north side.

Most atypical of parking garages is the lush green lawn that always has topped the structure.

David Baldinger Jr. is the owner of a real estate agency based in Torian and co-chairman of the Urban Renewal Area Advisory Committee that is making recommendations to City Council on public improvements under way at the base of the ski area.

“Everyone (at Torian) expects to see some real improvement by the end of next summer, but we don’t know the details yet,” Baldinger said. “We just need to see some pricing.”

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City Council, acting as Steamboat Springs’ Urban Re­newal Authority, is issuing bonds against future increases in the property tax base at the bottom of the ski area to fund construction of a public promenade and the day-lighting of Burgess Creek.

The new snow-melted promenade will deliver pedestrians in the ski village right to Torian Plum’s commercial area with a ski shop, several restaurants and shops.

The homeowners association previously has expressed interest in reinvesting in the large flat area atop its garage, but it didn’t make sense to pursue it this summer with most of the above-ground public improvements not due to begin until summer 2011.

“It made more sense to wait until next summer,” Baldinger said. “But they wanted to be ready.”

The value of the permit issued by the Routt County Regional Building Department during the last week in August is $825,220.

The concrete roof of Torian’s parking garage needs to be repaired to solve water leaks, Baldinger said. But in addition to taking up the sod and topsoil and installing a new roof membrane over fresh concrete, the HOA needs to tackle two significant projects on behalf of the Urban Renewal Authority. They include closing in the open air windows on the south side of the garage, where a circular ramp and a new set of stairs will lead people using the promenade up a grade to the Torian level.

Once the windows are enclosed, Baldinger said, it would be important for the HOA to refurbish and relocate the ventilation system for the garage.

The URA is building a small amphitheater inside the circular ramp off the southwest corner of the parking garage. Baldinger said outdoor natural gas fire pits and perhaps even a wedding pavilion are possibilities on the space currently occupied by the lawn atop the parking garage. But the number of improvements allowed by the HOA budget won’t be known perhaps until after the annual meeting in July 2011.

“By the end of next summer, it’s going to look amazing,” he said.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail

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