The Steamboat Springs City Council has signed off on a number of new real estate developments, including a 14-unit condominium project near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
The Viceroy, the new condo project on Burgess Creek Road above Ski Time Square, was approved on a 5-2 vote from council.
Council’s endorsement of the project came despite concerns from neighbors about the building’s height and its potential to cast a shadow on a narrow road and create more ice.
A majority of the council did not feel these concerns merited a disapproval of the project.
The project did not require a height variance.
It will add 45,000 square feet of additional residential space near Ski Time Square.
Another concern raised by neighbors was that the new development will not add any additional commercial or retail spaces to the area.
Planning Director Tyler Gibbs addressed the issue by saying the property is 30 to 40 feet above other nearby properties in Ski Time Square, and it would take a very dedicated shopper or diner to make the trek.
He said the project’s potential to bring more residents to the area outweighs any drawbacks associated with the lack of additional commercial or retail spaces.
The project has been in the works for years, and it was praised last year by members of the urban renewal authority advisory committee, who have been awaiting more development in Ski Time Square.
Councilwoman Kathi Meyer, one of the no votes on the project, wanted to remand the proposal to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission for consideration.
“This is just not fulfilling the vision we had when we adopted the base area plan,” Meyer said of the project.
Council President Walter Magill also voted against the proposal, arguing more needed to be done to secure pedestrian access on the property in the future.
In other planning news, the council gave the green light to a proposal that will allow the creation of a new farm-to-table restaurant called the Cloverdale in the historic Carver House on the northwest corner of the intersection of Oak and Ninth streets downtown.
The council also approved a planning proposal that will allow the developers who purchased the Iron Horse Inn to begin installing new kitchenettes in units.