Eagle County gets a look at revised Battle Mountain plan
Present: Eagle County Commissioners Jon Stavney, Sara Fisher and Peter Runyon
Issue: David Kleinkopf and Cliff Thompson of Crave Real Estate Ventures presented the revised concept for development of the expansive Battle Mountain project formerly proposed by Bobby Ginn of Florida. Ginn is no longer part of the development team.
The county has no approval jurisdiction over the plan, but Kleinkopf volunteered to share details of how the plan has changed.
The details: The plan for Battle Mountain has been drastically cut back since it was first proposed several years ago. The new proposal has slashed plans for a golf course and 750,000 square feet of commercial development. Instead, for the parcel located closest to Minturn, the new plan includes a more modest residential area that maximizes the property’s scenic locale and uses and expansion of Bolts Lake as both a recreational amenity and a development water source. “You have addressed a lot of the issues with this development that frankly had me appalled,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon.
More details: The upper parcels of the Battle Mountain plan still include a private ski area, but that proposal also has been scaled back from a site that featured as many as 13 lifts to a more modest proposal with three or four lifts. Kleinkopf said upper skiing terrain will likely be accessed by snowcat machines.
What’s next? The proposal is still being developed and will ultimately go through the town of Minturn approval process. As for timing, Kleindopf said the parcel closest to town will be the first to be developed. “We need to build our water supply first,” he said. The start of development is four to five years out. The upper parcel is likely 10 or more years from being developed.