Hotel, storage facility, Fourth Street Crossing projects moving forward in Silverthorne
Silverthorne Town Council took up a series of agenda items on Wednesday related to three unique projects, one of which had officials considering what exactly makes a building “iconic.”
Other items were meant to move along the Fourth Street Crossing project. And in yet another development, a group of business partners secured the early go-ahead for a new storage facility on Warren Avenue.
Bookended by two executive sessions, Wednesday’s meeting was an hours-long marathon with conversations covering everything from a proposed hotel’s architectural designs and parking counts to another developer’s efforts to pull everything together for Fourth Street Crossing, a catalyst project designed to radically remake downtown Silverthorne.
On Fourth Street Crossing, last month council had pushed back voting on rezoning for the project, which covers the entire block between Third Street and Fourth Street fronting Highway 6.
The delay was to allow developers more time to line up all of the necessary documents and get council more information about the project’s financing. On Wednesday, council members said they had enough info to rezone the property, and passed it unanimously.
Also Wednesday, another set of developers looking to build a hotel beside the Hampton Inn on Meraly Way returned to council with a new preliminary site plan. The developers had previously secured the town’s approval when council backed the hotel’s first preliminary site plan in August. However, after looking at the cost of building it above a new parking structure, the developers decided it wasn’t financially viable and adjusted the designs.
Though many of the building features remained in line with the first submittal, the changes were significant enough for the developers to revisit council with an updated preliminary site plan for the proposed hotel, now envisioned to house 119 rooms.
Perched atop a hill overlooking Silverthorne, the location couldn’t be more prominent, as the hotel would be highly visible from Interstate 70, the nearby highway and to anyone looping around Lake Dillon on the recpath.
Ultimately, council unanimously approved the hotel’s newest designs with a series of conditions that must be met before final approval. Chief among their concerns was parking, as council expressed some concerns about the developers’ proposed ratio of parking spaces to rooms. With that, the town wants more information about how the developers arrived at these ratios, and the developers have proposed commissioning a parking study.
Other conditions involve securing a long-term designated fire lane and town staff’s desire to have developers produce a more “iconic” building that incorporates additional characteristics representing Silverthorne’s “mountain environment.”
Council members were largely complimentary with the architectural features as presented on Wednesday and left further adjustments to make the building “more iconic” in the hands of the developers and town staff.
Last up, a group of business partners represented by Tim Sabo are looking to build Buffalo Mountain Storage, a conditioned storage facility with traditional storage units behind the main building, on undeveloped land at 375 and 385 Warren Ave.
Sabo said he and his partners are a little concerned going forward, as they will need to obtain special permitting from the town to operate a storage facility on the property because one isn’t explicitly allowed in the town’s land-use plan. Council didn’t seem to have any problems, however, and backed the preliminary site plan with some conditions before final approval. Based on discussions, the developers shouldn’t have much trouble meeting those conditions or getting the permitting.
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