Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Atira Group in Steamboat Springs (Thunderhead Project) Requests Height Variance

Steamboat briefs: Affordable housing on planning agenda tonight
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Affordable housing on planning agenda tonight
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. today to debate the Thunderhead project, which is requesting substantial height variances as part of its proposed 390,000-square-foot redevelopment at the site of the former Thunderhead Lodge.

The Atira Group is proposing two buildings more than 100 feet tall. The Community Development Code’s maximum height for buildings in the gondola two zone district is 73 feet.

Atira’s proposed community housing plan for the project also is on the agenda. Atira proposes to pay $2.6 million in affordable housing fees in lieu of actually building affordable units, which is a right for all projects near the immediate base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Also tonight, commissioners will review a request from Trappeur’s Crossing to allow payment in lieu for six deed-restricted affordable housing units the development is finding difficult to sell.


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