After spending nearly a year and a half receiving feedback from the community, stakeholders, officials and experts, the city’s planning department is seeking some more public input for the city’s master plan. mountain area before presenting it to Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, September 1. 6.
The plan outlines many potential projects for the base area of the mountain, ranging from small adjustments to ambitious redevelopments.
In the near future, the plan calls for the construction of a designated turnaround loop at the end of Ski Time Square and the reconstruction and upgrading of the gondola transit center.
In the long term, which the plan defines as 4 to 10 years, it outlines several potential “big moves,” including a parking structure at Meadows parking lot and upgrading the Wildhorse Gondola to high capacity to take people from the lot. Meadows at the Base Region.
Other “big idea” projects include the redevelopment of Knoll parking lots and the realignment of Ski Time Square Drive to join Mount Werner Circle and Burgess Creek Road at a single intersection.
Staff identified three priorities – improving economic vitality, improving access and wayfinding, and maintaining the town’s identity and culture as a small western ski resort – based on feedback from the during the early stages of the plan.
One of the main priorities of the master plan is to stimulate year-round traffic in the base area of the mountain, and one of the ways to achieve this is to improve Ski Time Square Drive.
Brad Calvert, a senior city planner who worked on the master plan, described the Ski Time Square area as “no man’s land” and said there are many potential projects to improve the area.
Currently in the design phase, work on a large turnaround loop at the end of Ski Time Square Drive could begin as soon as next summer, relieving the countless number of people who mistakenly drive down the street looking for a parking spot but are forced to make an awkward U-turn.
“I think pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists are all kind of confused as to what happens when you come to the end of this formal road,” Calvert said.
In a longer term view, the master plan envisions a redevelopment along Ski Time Square Drive. In 2007 developers bought up properties along the street and demolished existing buildings to make way for redevelopment projects, but a volatile market amid the 2008 financial crisis halted construction.
Calvert said there has been significant momentum between the public and private sectors to meet the priorities set out in the plan.
Rebuilding the Gondola Transit Center requires a healthy partnership between the City and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., as the Transit Center can be confusing and dangerous for pedestrians.
According to the plan, the gondola transit center is to be “reimagined and rebuilt to create a priority area for pedestrians, including clear pedestrian routes to the gondola and lifts.” There are no plans to expand the footprint of the transit center, but the project would involve transforming the shuttle and bus pick-up and drop-off areas into a figure-eight roundabout.
Construction of the transit center is expected to begin in the summer of 2023 and is expected to be completed by late summer 2024, but this schedule is tentative as the project is still in the design phase.
City asks public to join Mountain Area Master Plan discussion at EngageSteamboat.net/MAMPwhere a full draft of the document is available with discussion forums.
“Steamboat residents would riot against paid parking on existing Meadows land,” Steamboat resident Ryan Coe wrote in the chat fields.
Although the plan is being presented to council earlier, public comments will be accepted until September 9.
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