Newspaper asks Steamboat Springs to reconsider denial of request for development proposals

From Steamboat Today (Steamboat Springs): The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved a first reading of the sale of the Iron Horse Inn for $3.05 million right after it denied an open records request filed by the Steamboat Today to make public the seven other sale proposals that were considered.

The council is moving ahead with the sale of the Iron Horse to a pair of real estate buyers at Ski Town Commercial who want to renovate the property and maintain it as affordable housing.

The council approved the first reading of the sale without any discussion on the proposal.

Councilwoman Sonja Macys was the lone “no” vote on the sale.

She said she wasn’t certain it was the best use of the property, and she was concerned that the sale contract does not bind the buyers to follow through with their plan for the property.

In a series of closed door sessions, the council has considered eight real estate proposals for the Iron Horse.

Seven of the eight proposals have not been made public.

On Monday, the Steamboat Today requested the city release information about all of the proposals the council has considered for the Iron Horse to give the public a look at what the other options were for the property, which has been a source of controversy since the city took on $5.2 million in debt to purchase it in 2007.

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