May 19, 2022


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COVID-19 delays options for new downtown Steamboat lodge

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An artist rendering of proposed resort at 10th and Yampa streets. (Picture courtesy Steamboat Springs Organizing and Group Improvement Department)

Lodge proprietor Scott Marr has tapped the brakes on a prepared boutique resort in downtown Steamboat Springs, but is hoping to move forward with the challenge possibly by subsequent spring.

“Right now staff members are definitely tricky to obtain, lumber has gone by means of the roof and all the typical contractors are super fast paced,” Marr reported. “So we are just form of giving it a minor little bit of time right up until we get over this COVID craziness.”

Marr explained options continue to be in spot for the upscale, 55-area resort that will be designed on residence he owns but at this time leases to the town for parking, situated at the northwest corner of 10th and Yampa streets. The challenge acquired final approval from the town in March.

One of the handful of objects remaining was to finalize the mechanical, electrical and structural engineering programs, Marr mentioned.

“At this point the program is to readdress that in the spring. Our approvals are excellent for 3 a long time,” he stated.

“I’ve constantly been variety of a believer in not making an attempt to do points when the timing is not ideal. I feel with COVID however heading on, and the uncertainty, it’s just fantastic business to wait a very little while,” Marr added.

The lodge will include things like a exercise middle, a rooftop whirlpool and underground parking, as properly as a ground-level foods and beverage procedure open to the public.

Robin Craigen, president of Steamboat Springs Lodging Association and co-founder and CEO of Shifting Mountains, is not astonished by Marr’s cautious tactic to the enhancement.

“I assume it is super thrilling that he has this venture on the table,” Craigen claimed of the new downtown resort. “But I also believe that like a large amount of corporations appropriate now, we’re all tiptoeing by way of a bit of a minefield, or at least it feels like it, concerning COVID.”

Craigen acknowledged issues in the community similar to COVID’s delta variant and what that could suggest for Steamboat’s tourism-dependent financial state. The hope is that the local community and readers will proceed to choose the new variant seriously and make certain actions are taken to protect on their own so that businesses and the financial system can shift forward.

“Despite the point that there is a lot of demand for a location like Steamboat we cannot ignore that it makes feeling to be cautious from a business scheduling perspective,” Craigen said.

Marr, who owns the Getaway Inn on Steamboat’s east aspect, stated other pressures connected to COVID-19 have also slowed the procedure of acquiring the new lodge. Increasing construction rates and the difficultly in finding contractors to do the work perform a purpose, together with considerations of discovering adequate workforce to staff the hotel.

Rebecca Bessey, preparing and zoning director for the metropolis, confirmed the hotel has 3 decades prior to it has to move forward with enhancement. How immediately developments go soon after attaining acceptance differs can be affected by a quantity of elements.

“We see some tasks who start off the making permit approach concurrently with their growth program simply because they know they want to get began proper absent,” Bessey reported. “We see others wait around a though, and then we even see some that their improvement ideas expire and they never go forward with the venture.”

Marr mentioned that will not be the circumstance in his predicament.

“We were completely ready for our last approvals ideal when COVID hit in spring of 2020, and we are just prepared to shift forward on it,” Marr said. “We are just variety of taking a minimal pause whilst we hold out via this craziness.”