Crossroads may face final vote
VAIL – The Town Council could give final approval Tuesday night to the controversial plan to bring a 99-foot-tall building with condos, a bowling alley and a movie theater to Vail.Under the proposal, the aging Vail Village building would be replaced with between 65 and 73 condos, a 10-lane bowling alley with an arcade, a three-screen movie theater, stores, restaurants and a public plaza with an ice-skating rink.The council gave preliminary approval to the project on Feb. 7 by a 4-3 vote. Council members who voted against the proposal objected to its height and bulk.
But even if the Crossroads proposal is approved, the project could go before Vail voters on a ballot if opponents gather signatures from 10 percent of voters – about 380 people.The town and the developer have completed an agreement that outlines the improvements that the developer must make as part of the project. Those improvements include a new median on South Frontage Road, heated sidewalks, street improvements for Village Center Road, $1.1 million in public art on the site, public restrooms and landscaping.The agreement also mandates the project include the plaza and the ice rink, and that the bowling alley and the movie theaters remain part of the building. The plaza would be available for public events.The developer would have to get approval from the Town Council if he wanted to take out the bowling alley or movie theater, the agreement said.Construction could begin in spring 2007 and last 18 to 24 months.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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