Both Crossroads sides spent over $30,000
VAIL – Solaris opponents spent $30,890 in their failed attempt to get Vail’s voters to reject the renovation of the Crossroads building.But developer Peter Knobel spent even more to campaign for his project, which was approved overwhelmingly in a townwide vote last month.Knobel spent $35,020 on his campaign, according to filings with the town of Vail.The special election, which had the Crossroads question as its only item, cost the town $14,875, Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson said. That includes the cost of ballots, envelopes, election judges and fees for outside attorneys, Donaldson said.The proposal includes 68 condos, a 10-lane bowling alley, a three-screen movie theater, stores, restaurants and an ice rink. It is supposed to be completed in 2009.SpecificsFriends of Crossroads spent $10,953.06 on ad design and consulting, $13,619.49 for Vail Daily ads and $288 for KZYR radio ads during the last reporting period, from July 8 to August 10.All of its contributions were from Crossroads East One LLC, Knobel’s development company.During the same period, Friends of Vail Village, which opposed the Solaris proposal, spent:• $524.24 to Andy Wiessner for flyers.• $996.40 to Mike Rawling for advertising.• $1,050 to First Chair Design for ad layout.• $600 to Words and Graphics of Lakewood for graphic design.• $1,568.08 to the Vail Daily for ads.• $250 to the Kasten Group for marketing.• $5,118.42 to the Star Group for consulting.Two more contributors were reported by Friends of Vail Village:• Nedenia Hartley of Rye Brook, N.Y., gave $500.• William Morton of Vail gave $100.Contributor Joe Staufer was refunded $2,905.84 in excess funds.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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