Demolition permit pulled

Historic group reviewing plan to tear down Harbor Hotel

A demolition permit has been pulled for the Harbor Hotel, and the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is expected to review it Wednesday.

City Director of Inter-governmental Services Linda Kakela said Thursday that the developers pulled the permit and that HPAC will decide at its next meeting whether to initiate a 90-day waiting period for demolition.

Like a building permit, a demolition permit must be reviewed by various city departments. If the building is 50 years old or older, the permit then goes to HPAC, which has the ability to require a 90-day waiting period if it deems the building historically significant.

"It is a cooling-off period to explore options and alternatives to demolish," Kakela said.

At a July 5 meeting, HPAC officials presented Steamboat Springs City Council members with a memo outlining reasons why the demolition of the Harbor Hotel would be of concern.

In the memo, HPAC members wrote that the hotel's age, style of architecture and its ties to the history of the city make it historically significant.

"It is a landmark of sorts to long-term locals," the memo read.

The Harbor Hotel, at Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street, was built in the 1940s and is one of the city's few examples of the international style of architecture popular at the time.

With the encouragement of Main Street Steamboat Springs, the city's Historic Preservation Office asked that the owner of the property have a historical structure assessment conducted. The owner, who is being represented by Realtor Jim Cook, had the assessment done to help determine the architectural significance of the building.

Dennis Humphries, a Denver architect who has evaluated the historical significance of several buildings in Steamboat Springs, did the study, Kakela said.

"We understand he delivered the study to Mr. Cook, but we haven't had access to it," Kakela said. "We are exploring how to proceed to make the information available at the hearing."

Proposed plans call for replacing the Harbor Hotel with a mixed-use building that incorporates retail stores and residential units.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail

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