Alpenglow Village

Mountain town’s need for housing with population growth and popularity.

The Northern Colorado town of Steamboat Springs is a popular destination for adventure seekers of all kinds.  Many visit, and never leave, so to speak. It has all the charm and allure you’d expect from a high mountain winter wonderland, and a temperate summer escape.  The uniqueness of the developed valley town however has brought an influx of visitors, as well as permanent residents, looking to take advantage of both the town and resort village.  As this trend unfolds (not unlike many of the other Colorado towns within the Rocky Mountains), the region has seen a sizable population increase, without a substantial base of housing stock, particularly for those workers and families who have decided to make Steamboat Springs their home.  Overland Property Group has made significant strides in working with the City, Public/Private entities, and residents to provide for the housing needs of the region.

“The Centennial State’s beauty and outdoor amenities were highly sought after during the COVID-19 outbreak, placing an even greater constraint on affordable housing in vacation destinations.”

– Nellie Day, Western Multi-Family & Affordable Housing Business (July/Aug 2021 edition)

DEVELOPER:

Overland Property Group

TYPE:

Affordable Housing/Multi-Family

SCALE:

(3) 24 unit apartment buildings + Clubhouse w/ Amenity spaces. Construction Cost $15M

BRAGS:

Featured on cover of Western Multi-Family & Affordable Housing Business Magazine

Nominated for Colorado Housing Eagle Awards

What and How, with respect to Design Strategy

The need for Affordable living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has been apparent.  The opportunities to develop solutions to those needs are being responded to directly by the YVHA (Yampa Valley Housing Authority), who partners with the team of OPG-JGR to bring meaningful solutions in the form of new housing to the City.  Access to public transit, nature, walking paths, activity zones, and food were a few of the criteria which drove the site selection process, based on the 2015 EGC guidelines (Enterprise Green Communities).  Alpenglow Village is the design response to the questions proposed above, leaning on these site criteria to situate the project within the mountain town.  Three apartment buildings house 72 family style units along the Yampa River, with direct connection to the natural walking and biking trails maintained by the City, and gorgeous views over the River from most of the units, as well as the Clubhouse living room and patio.

“The natural setting of this location should be respected and designed around. We took every precaution with guidance from the City and Parks departments, to ensure the residents could enjoy access to the City of Steamboat Springs and its natural amenities, without significant intrusion.”

Chris Gillam

Architect

The building forms take inspiration from the mountain peaks, allowing sunlight at certain angles to flow over and around, keeping long horizontal ridge lines to a minimum.  The dark earth tones allow the forms to fade with the natural light and become part of the landscape when the sun goes below the horizon.  Dark sky light fixtures minimize the amount of light pollution to the site and overall area.  This feature along with a long list of other requirements, were met to achieve EGC compliance for the State of Colorado, which has been mandated for all funded Multi-Family housing projects.

Alpenglow Village is a fully leased property with a waiting list of hopeful residents.  The clubhouse is fully furnished with meetings rooms, fitness center, offices, and a kitchen for resident’s use.  It is currently also being used by the YVHA to foster new deals and development for the region, in hopes there are many more to come.

Forward Looking Statement:

Alpenglow Village is Jones Gillam Renz’s second design footprint in the region, with a third currently in the works. The first is named The Reserves at Steamboat Springs, and the upcoming is Anglers Four Hundred. Both of which are either fully leased or expected to be at the completion of construction.

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