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Office building next on docket for Village at Creekside development

August 26, 2018

SPEARFISH — An office building is on the docket to be added to the Village at Creekside multiuse commercial development off of North Avenue and Yukon Place in Spearfish.

The Spearfish Planning Commission Tuesday recommended the approval of the development review district final plan and shared parking plan for the Offices at Creekside, to be located on Lot six of the development, which is 14,291 square feet, or around .3 acres.

Rick Furnish, representing Spearfish Creekside, LCC, the development group, addressed the commission, describing that the office building is to be a “beautiful accompaniment to the contemporary farm/ranch theme that we’re creating at the Village at Creekside.”

“It is also a project that will really complement the mixed-use environment of the Village and will create a great synergy between the office suites and the restaurants and the microbrewery and the coffee shop and retail along the creek, while also providing some optimal time parking for the restaurants and brewery and such. We received a great deal of requests from those looking for office space and feel this 14,400-square-foot building will really fill the need for quality space in a user-friendly environment.”

The Village at Creekside, the former Meier/Della Vecchia ranch, was annexed into the city in 2009; rezoned from agriculture to development review district in 2016; and has lots ranging in size from .49 acres to 1.53 acres. Approvals have already been provided for a new restaurant, Creekside Bistro, in a proposed 4,200-square-foot building on Lot 1; as well as The Granary District, a two-phase development currently under construction on Lot 2. Copper & Lace Coffee & Contour, an upscale boutique plus coffee shop and Sawyer Brewing are among the tenants in The Granary District.

The site plan for the Offices at Creekside shows one building with a connecting sidewalk to the properties along the creek. Access is from Yukon Place, and a shared parking is proposed for Lots 1, 2, and 6.

“Using this method, and applicant can share parking on adjoining lots as well (as) allow the same parking space to be credited to satisfy two uses,” the staff report for the Aug. 21 meeting, states. It provides the example that a parking space in the office parking lot could be used during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while a restaurant patron going to a business on a different lot could use that parking space after 5 p.m. “Likewise, and office worker could use a parking space in the restaurant parking lot during the day. Under this scenario, the total amount of parking is not required to add up to 100% of what is required by each individual site. This shared parking agreement results in 13% of the parking to be shared by different uses at different times. This does not require a variance. Considering that the applicant has assumed a somewhat high parking ration (1 per 200 square feet) for the unknown tenants on lots 1 and 2, the proposed number of parking stalls on lot 6 (173) will be sufficient.”

One feature of the site plan would be a new feature to Spearfish: Back-in angled parking along Yukon Place. City Planner Jayna Watson explained that this type of parking has been widely used in locations across the U.S. on streets with high traffic volumes.

“Yukon is a very low traffic volume street and offers the city an opportunity to try this method,” the staff report states. “If there are problems with this method in the future, the applicant will simply reverse the striping direction.”

The parking model is based on a nearly identical street width in Boulder, Colo., on University Avenue, a collector street near Colorado University.

The commission unanimously voted recommending approval. The request now moves before the Spearfish City Council.

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