Trees, log homes removed from Pine Grove Road property as lawsuit still looms over planned hotel | SteamboatToday.com

Trees, log homes removed from Pine Grove Road property as lawsuit still looms over planned hotel

Construction crews have started removing trees and preparing a lot at the corner of Rollingstone Drive and Pine Grove Road. The development of a planned Residence Inn by Marriott is in limbo in light of a lawsuit.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Trees and some of the old log houses are already gone from the lot on Pine Grove Road that is set to be developed as a Residence Inn by Marriott.

Heavy equipment could be seen on the lot beginning last week. According to the developer’s website, the hotel was set to break ground in April.

The hotel’s future is in question in the midst of a lawsuit appealing the Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of the hotel. The city, City Council and developers Cypress16 are all parties to the suit.

“As this matter is in active litigation, we are not in a position to provide comment at this time,” Cypress16 Managing Partner Gary Roffe wrote in an email to Steamboat Pilot & Today.

A fundraiser hosted by Steamboat Citizens For Responsible Growth has raised more than $27,000 in support of a legal fund for the suit.  

City Attorney Dan Foote said Cypress 16 can take some actions on the property without development approval.

Though the log cabins are gone, the developer has previously described plans to save woodwork from the old buildings to incorporate into the planned hotel.

City Council determined Feb. 5 that the project met requirements outlined in the community development code, though this approval drew ire from the public.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.


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