Council approves Wendy’s purchase
VAIL – Vail Fire Marshal Mike McGee has seen proposals for a West Vail fire station since October 1982.On Tuesday night, he saw the latest proposal make a jump forward when the Town Council approved the $2 million purchase of land that formerly held a Wendy’s restaurant for a fire station.”It’s the next step,” McGee said. “Progress.”The fire station would reduce response times for West Vail and allow the Fire Department to increase staffing, McGee said.The Wendy’s land is adjacent to another town-owned property, the 1.6-acre Chamonix parcel.A fire station and affordable housing are planned for the combined land, and there are also ideas for a police substation, an ambulance station and a skate park.Fire officials say response times to West Vail are now inadequate.Dave Reichardt, a resident of West Vail’s Intermountain neighborhood, said last week that he’s been an advocate of the fire station since the 1980s.”It’ll give everybody a little peace of mind,” he said.He even had a small fire in his garage two years ago. He was disappointed with the amount of time it took for the dispatcher to send the Fire Department to his home, he said.Reichardt’s one concern with the fire station is that it may be too expensive than it has to be, he said.”It can be a station that has a design that has been done somewhere, and it could be put up as such,” he said. “Instead they’re trying to reinvent the wheel and make it a costly process.”The town has budgeted $2.5 million for design and construction of the station.Last year, the town had a contract to buy the land, but the contract fell through because of a dispute between the tenant and the landowner.The Vail Town Council passed a resolution of intent to condemn the land but never proceeded with condemnation. The seller of the land is CNL APF Partners, a Delaware limited-liability company.The council approved the purchase of the land by a 6-0 vote.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.