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Briefs: Vail leaders head to Texas

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The Vail parking garage is driving several Vail officials to Dallas later this month.

The group, which includes the town manager and a few council members, is heading south March 18 and 19 to look at the projects done by the developer who wants to build luxury hotels, condominiums and shops on top of a renovated Lionshead parking garage.

The Dallas-based firm, Open Hospitality/Hillwood Capital Partnership, built Victory Park, a 75-acre neighborhood west of Dallas’ historic downtown. The $3 billion project has 4,000 homes ” including apartments and condominiums ” four million square feet of shops, offices and restaurants; a sports arena; and two new hotels.

Going on the trip are Town Manager Stan Zemler, Mayor Rod Slifer, Council members Farrow Hitt, Mark Gordon and Kim Newbury, Finance Director Judy Camp, Public Works Director Greg Hall and Acting Community Development Director George Ruther.

The Town Council’s review of the Lionshead parking garage proposal continues at meetings on March 13 and 20.

Comments can be sent to the Town Council at towncouncil@vailgov.com.

VAIL ” Citizens are sought to fill vacancies on four government boards in Vail.

Applications are due by March 28 for openings on the Planning and Environmental Commission, the Design Review Board, the Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board and the Art in Public Places Board. The Town Council will interview applicants on April 3.

– The planning commission, which has 3 vacancies, is an advisory board the helps the Town Council review developments and other construction proposals.

– The design board, which has two vacancies, reviews architecture and landscaping of new buildings and remodeling projects.

– The building and fire board, which has one vacancy, reviews changes to town fire code and the use of building materials.

– The arts board, which has two openings, selects and considers funding for public art displays.

Applicants to the first three boards must be registered voters who live in Vail. People who own property in Vail also can apply to the arts board.

To apply, send a letter that includes relevant experience, to Lorelei Donaldson, Town Clerk, 75 S. Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657.

For more information visit http://www.vailgov.com.

EDWARDS ” The public is invited to tour Colorado Mountain College’s Vail-Eagle Valley Campus in Edwards from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 26. The campus is located at 150 Miller Ranch Road.

Visitors will meet faculty members, learn about degree programs, hear a presentation on enrollment requirements and scholarships, and attend one of the four classes that will be in session that evening.

For more information, call Brenda Parks, student activities coordinator, at 569-2911.

VAIL ” The third annual “Cruisin’ for Kids” ski-a-thon, a fundraiser for several organizations that combat childhood diseases, is March 30 on Vail Mountain.

The event is open to people of all ages. Skiers and snowboarders will do laps at the Black Forest Race Arena on Vail Mountain and participate in an all-mountain scavenger hunt. The goal is for each participant to raise $250.

Beneficiaries include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Children’s Heart Foundation, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Red Ribbon Project, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness organization.

More than $280,000 has been raised in the last two years.

For more information, call Alpine Children’s Charity at (847) 382-0908 or go to http://www.alpinechildrenscharity.org.


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