Big housing-retail complex under review |

Big housing-retail complex under review

Kathy Heicher
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” The water-park-themed lodge is gone, but a 150-room hotel has been added.

Commercial space has been reduced by 341,000 square feet, and store locations have been shifted. Parking lots have been broken up and reconfigured. The maximum number of residential units has increased from 300-400 to 581.

Developer Vince Riggio of Trinity Development is once again before the Eagle Planning Commission with his revised proposal to create what he calls a “lifestyle center”-style shopping mall in Eagle.

At a meeting March 6, about 20 residents spoke at the meeting. Many opposed the project, but there were also some supporters in the audience this time. Discussion focused on traffic, housing, competition with downtown business and the town’s growth policies.

Some citizens also voiced concern about the elk that often sun themselves in the meadow where the project will be built; and questioned whether the local market can support such a project. Others cited the demand for local shopping.

“We’re starting to see a little more interest from community members who think maybe it is a good idea,” Town Planner Bill Gray said.

The Planning Commission will resume its review of the proposal at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Eagle Town Hall.

The town has not yet made a “yay” or “nay” recommendation on the project. Gray, in his written comments, said the proposal does not yet comply with the Eagle’s growth policies.

The developer should consider allowing space for offices, light industry, a community center, child care, recreation and open space, Gray said.

“It’s important that the zoning includes amenities for the people who live out there,” said Gray, “It needs to function like a residential neighborhood, and include the services people need on a daily basis.”

He also recommended:

– Inclusion of 20 acres of the site devoted to open space as well as neighborhood parks.

– A transit station and park-and-ride lot.

– Mix of for-sale and for-rent housing, including deed restricted homes and sales caps.

– Space for a public school and child care.

– A review of the developer’s market analysis.

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