Trio of interesting development proposals enter Steamboat Springs planning process |

Trio of interesting development proposals enter Steamboat Springs planning process

Scott Franz

A conceptual site plan shows the layout of the Southside Apartments off of Weiss Drive.

— A new apartment project that would replace a car wash, a produce and fruit stand that would cater to local retailers and a new facility and test track for Steamboat Powersports are among the latest development proposals to enter the city planning process.

A pre-application submitted to city planners reveals developers are eyeing a 32- to 34-unit apartment project adjacent to the Shell station on Weiss Drive.

Conceptual site plan drawings submitted with the application show the apartment building would include 37 covered parking spaces and replace what is currently the car wash at the gas station.

The convenience store and gas station itself would stay in place.

Other details about the Southside Apartments proposal were limited on Friday.

Phone calls to the company that submitted the designs were not immediately returned.

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Developers sometimes submit pre-applications to learn about what hurdles, restrictions and issues there might be in developing at a certain site.

Farm stand

Dusty Dike is proposing to bring back a seasonal fruit and produce stand on his family's property across from Bud Werner Memorial Library at 1306 Lincoln Ave.

Dike envisions the stand could also serve as an extension of the downtown Farmers Market and give retailers a place to sell local goods on a more regular basis.

"It would be a daily market," Dike said.

Dike said he's hoping to have the stand up and running later this summer.

The stand could feature such things as raspberries and perennials from Grand Junction and other produce from the Front Range.

Plans submitted to the planning department show a timber-framed structure with cedar and Douglas Fir accents.

Dike said the stand would replace a previous seasonal fruit and produce stand that left when the Sweet Pea Market moved to Yampa Street.

Powersports expansion

Steamboat Powersports, a recreational vehicle supplier, is hoping to rezone a 5.5-acre parcel along Elk River Road and Copper Ridge Drive to accommodate an expansion project.

According to a letter submitted to the planning department, the business wants to build a 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot facility with an adjacent parking lot and storage area.

The company also wants to add a test track so employees can test repairs to vehicles.

To accommodate the expansion, the parcel would need to be rezoned to industrial.

"The current facility has performed very well to date but is at the point of restricting sales and service due to its sizeā€¦," the company wrote in its planning application.

"This new facility will more than triple the current indoor and outdoor combined footprint of Steamboat Powersports along with the ability to showcase the most current accessories and aftermarket parts."

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