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YVEA prepares to renovate Elk River Road campus

Yampa Valley Electric Association has purchased the TIC campus at Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 and intends to establish it as its new headquarters.
Scott Franz

— Yampa Valley Electric Association is planning to spruce up its new headquarters on Elk River Road.

A renovation plan submitted to the city of Steamboat Springs calls for interior renovations, the construction of a 6,450-square-foot addition to connect the two main campus buildings, sidewalks with snowmelt systems and several parking lot improvements.

Some old, dilapidated buildings on the campus, which used to belong to TIC, will be demolished.

A sidewalk will also be added along Elk River Road, improving pedestrian access to the property.

“We are excited to advance our facilities for the benefit of the community, our customers and employees,” YVEA President and CEO Diane Johnson wrote in a letter to city officials describing the renovation project.

The area that will be renovated is just one part of the larger YVEA campus.

Interior renovations will be done on the building that customers enter.

YVEA officials told Steamboat Today this week they didn’t want to discuss their renovation plans in detail until after the City Council considered approving their proposal Tuesday night.

YVEA spokeswoman Tammi Strickland said the electric cooperative does not have cost estimates for the renovations at this time.

The city’s planning commission approved the plans in a 5-1 vote Oct. 13 after little discussion.

Commissioner Charlie MacArthur was the lone no vote.

He said he thought the project was worthwhile, but he cited concerns about conditions related to an access control plan.

The City Council gave final approval to the project Tuesday.

After operating for 59 years at 10th and Yampa streets in downtown Steamboat, YVEA completed the move to its new home on Dec. 23, 2014.

YVEA purchased the former TIC campus for $9.7 million.

Meanwhile, the old YVEA headquarters on Yampa Street is also being spruced up.

That old building welcomed its first tenant, Mountain Tap Brewery, in the summer. Pizzas and beer are now served in what used to be the garage bays for YVEA.

The redevelopment of the old headquarters also includes plans for new office space and residences.

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

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