City to review Sunray plans

118 units on two parcels proposed for Village Drive

— The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission recently approved two different developments that would add 118 new dwellings to the multi-family residential neighborhood south of Walton Creek Road.

Both "Sunray Meadows lots 5 and 6" and "Sunray Meadows Lots 1, 1A and 2" are scheduled to be presented to City Council during public hearings June 6. They would be built on opposite sides of Village Drive, about three-quarters of a mile from the Silver Bullet Gondola. Neither project has been given a name by its developers yet.

Developer Heinz Astein is seeking final approval for Sunray Meadows lots 5 and 6, a duplex subdivision of 19 lots on 7.66 acres. Astein's project was recommended 7-0 for approval by Planning Commission on May 11.

The second project, Sunray 1-2, was recommended for approval 6-1. It would represent the third multi-family project developed here by Wintergreen Homes of Avon. The latest includes 80 units in 33 buildings, with a mix of 19 duplexes and 14 triplexes. The site measures 10.9 acres on the east side of Village Drive. It is in close proximity to the existing Meadowlark, Timber Run and Powder Ridge developments.

The primary difference between the two projects is that Sunray 5-6 would offer duplex lots for sale Astein does not intend to build the duplexes. Sunray 1-2 will offer finished residences with a single architectural theme, to buyers. Individual buildings within Sunray 1-2 would use a variety of color schemes and architectural details to differentiate them.

Sunray 5-6 architect Ed Becker said Astein believes the demand for a subdivision of undeveloped lots is not being met as fully in the Steamboat market as the townhome market is.

"There is a surplus of townhomes," Becker said, "but there's no surplus of vacant land. The duplex is a very marketable product right now. This is an opportunity to build duplexes close to the mountain."

Sunray 1-2 is on the east side of Village Drive, and Sunray 5-6 is across the street, on the west side. Both are near the Meadow Lane intersection. The primary entrances for the two projects are about 150 feet apart.

Wintergreen Homes began construction on the Villas at Walton Creek on nearby Whistler Road in the summer of 1997. That project, initially priced from $127,400 to $180,000 per townhome, sold out. A two-bedroom unit at the Villas is being advertised for $169,000.

Wintergreen is currently building Quail Run, a mix of townhomes and condos, also on Whistler Road.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail: tomross@amigo.net

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