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VAIL ” Here’s an update of the construction projects going on in Vail.

Excavation has begun for the entire Front Door site and will continue for a couple of months, said Paul Witt of Vail Resorts Development Company. Demolition of a loading dock on the Lodge at Vail will start next week, he said. Chair 1 was removed earlier this summer for the project. The project is supposed to be done in 2008.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door project includes a new skier services building, a private club, a new spa for the Lodge at Vail and 13 Lodge at Vail Chalets residences. Nine of the 13 residences have been sold, averaging $2,400 per square foot.



Workers are doing work on exterior trim, stucco, stone, roofing, as well as interior work, said John Maleta of Shaw Construction. The building had a December target for completion, but Maleta said he had no comment on whether that date is still the target or when completion is expected.

The Vail Plaza Hotel and Club is between the frontage road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The project includes 100 hotel rooms, 38 fractional-ownership units, two restaurants and a spa. The restaurants will be DaVinci, an Italian restaurant, and Milano, a casual restaurant. Construction began in November 2004.



Exterior work is almost finished and interior work continues, said Bob McNichols, developer of the project. Framing work just started on the first-floor marketplace, which should be open by Christmas, he said. The first fractional-ownership units should be completed by October, he said.

Work began in January 2005, and the building should be completed by the end of the year, McNichols said. It has 10 condos and 12 fractional-ownership units. The marketplace will include a cafeteria, a grocery, a bakery, a sweet shop, a wine bar and a liquor store. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village.

Work is finishing up on the parking lot for the project. Verbatim Booksellers and the Swiss Chalet have opened in the building. Luca Bruno Due is set to open later this year.



The expansion includes 41 hotel rooms, offices, underground parking and retail space. The Sonnenalp is on Vail Road at the corner of East Meadow Drive.

Work continues on the exterior of the FirstBank on Vail Road. Work should be complete by next week, said Judy Sanford of Floyd Custom Builders.

Dave Brooks of The John Hardy Group said the Four Seasons is still about four weeks from starting excavation. The excavation was originally supposed to begin in early June, but delays in finalizing building drawings have slowed the project, Brooks said. Work will continue through the winter, he said.

The building will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 fractional-ownership units. It’s supposed to be completed in 2008. The Four Seasons will be just southwest of the main Vail roundabout.

On the southwest side, steel is up to the third level and work is set to begin soon on the fourth and fifth levels. On the southeast, fireproofing work continues. The building on the northwest has been topped off and the clock tower roof has been installed. On the northeast, work continues on interior walls, mechanical, electrical and windows.

The building began in April and is slated to be completed by late 2007. The Arrabelle will have 67 condos, a 36-room hotel, stores and an ice rink. The stores that will be in Arrabelle have not been determined yet, Witt said. The building is on the site of the old gondola building in Lionshead.

Six of the homes are completed, said Paul Witt of Vail Resorts Development Company. Work on the other homes continues, and should be done by the end of the year.

There are 16 townhouses, each with four or five bedrooms. All have been sold. The project began in late 2004. The Gore Creek Place townhouses are alongside Gore Creek behind the Vail Marriott in Lionshead.

Steel work will be completed within the next three weeks, said Tony Faulhaber of Viele Construction. Then, work will begin on exterior finishes, floors, windows, stone and stucco, he said. Cranes will be on site until mid-October, he said.

Construction work began in October and is expected to be completed by February. The project will have 13 condos. It is just west of the Aria Spa and Club building of the Cascade Resort and Spa, on the site of the old “ruins.”

The restaurant is now closed for renovation and expansion, the town of Vail said, and the work will continue to November.

– The Ritz-Carlton Residences-Vail will have 107 condos. April 2007 is being targeted for the beginning of construction, said Russ Forrest of the town of Vail. The Forest Service has given approval to Vail Resorts to build a lift with a base near the project. The Ritz-Carlton site is at the corner of Forest Road and the South Frontage Road near the Vail Marriott.

– Solaris at the Crossroads site was approved earlier this month in a townwide vote. Construction is supposed to start at the end of the 2006-07 ski season and last two years. It will have 69 condos, a 10-lane bowling alley, a three-screen movie theater, a public plaza-ice rink, stores and restaurants.

– The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. It will have 24 condos. Demolition will begin this summer and construction will be completed by 2008.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado


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