Briefs: Vail has ticket deal for Feb. festivals
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Mountain is offering two-for-one lift tickets from Feb. 3-10 to coincide with two big festivals, CarniVail and the Session.
The ticket, called the “Real Deal,” offers two single-day lift tickets for $92. It’s available for purchase through Sunday. Call 800-842-8062 or go to any Vail ticket window to buy.
CarniVail is a three-day Mardi Gras celebration. On Feb. 4, the World’s Highest Low Country Crawfish Boil will be at Eagle’s Nest from noon-2:30 p.m. Vail’s Mask-erade Party will happen that afternoon in Lionshead. On Feb. 5, a Fat Tuesday street party begins at 2 p.m. in Vail Village followed by a Fat Tuesday parade at 4 p.m.
The Session snowboarding competition is Feb. 8-10 at Golden Peak. The event kicks off at 6 p.m., Feb. 8 with the “Steel and Sky” rail competitions. The men’s slopeside qualifier and finals are Feb. 9. On Feb. 10, there’s a public rail session at 11 a.m.
For a complete schedule of events, go to http://www.sessionvail.com.
EAGLE ” A plan to put high-density housing and commercial buildings in the “pit” property on Chambers Avenue has been rejected by the Town Board.
Brothers Dave and Mike Dantas were proposing a mixed-use project with 133 row houses, a four-story, 80-room hotel, and 75,000 square feet of commercial space for the property. The lot, once used as a gravel pit, was most recently the site of a church.
The developers said the project could have provide affrodable housing for workers in the $225,00-$350,000 price range. They also said tax revenues raised by the project could help pay to fix traffic problems.
Town board members said they were worried about an increase in traffic and weren’t sure whether housing belonged on the commercial strip.
Rachel Overlease and Tim Cochrane, representing the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce, argued for approval of mixed-use projects on Chambers Avenue.
“My passion is workforce housing. We have to start thinking outside of the box,” said Overlease.
” Kathy Heicher
EAGLE ” Eagle may be a small town, but it now has the ring of a big city with a newly created Urban Renewal Authority.
The authority will help fund the yet-to-be approved Eagle River Station retail and residential complex planned east of town.
But citizens at this week’s Town Board meeting with buying the decision that the pasture land where the project will be located qualifies as “blighted.” State statues require a finding of blight before an URA can be established.
“There’s no way that pasture is blight. It is inappropriate to use an Urban Renewal Authority to push money that way,” Eagle resident Kathryn Rose told the Board.
The legal definition of bligh ranges from slum or deteriorating structures and unsafe conditions to property that is simply underutilized.
Eagle River Station is a large-scale, mixed use development proposed for a 100 acre parcel of land immediately east of Chambers Avenue, between Highway 6 and Interstate 70. The so-called “lifestyle center” shopping mall project would feature a mix of commercial space and housing including regional box-store type anchors.
The developers are proposing mix of private and public financing.
“I don’t care what your definitions are. There is no blight. This is strictly a method of manipulating money for a developer,” Eby Creek resident Art Kittay told the board.
“It is unfortunate that we’re hung up on blight ” it really is urban renewal,” said Town Board member Kraige Kinney.
” Kathy Heicher
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