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Eagle: Horse arena OK’d

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado” After months of delay and negotiating, Adam’s Rib developers can move forward with plans for a new equestrian facility at Salt Creek.

The center, which will include a 40,000 square foot indoor arena, outdoor arena and 24 stalls, got final approval from county commissioners last week.

The facility won’t have any public events, but one condition of approval was that eight stalls be set aside for the public. It will mostly be operated as a private stable and boarding facility, county planner Lisa de Graaf said.

The center will also have a ranch manager’s home on the property and housing for several employees inside the arena building. The project was stalled for months after neighbors opposed the project, commissioners felt the developers were asking to build more on the land than originally agreed upon, and conservationists worried the development would hurt the surrounding wetlands.

The project was subsequently scaled down and an agreement was made to keep some of the surrounding land protected as a conservation easement, meaning the developer agrees to never develop the land in exchange for tax benefits.

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Developers hope to have the center completed by the end of next spring, said Adam’s Rib general manager Joe Cranston.

“We are thrilled to have this as one of our amenities, especially as a component to the ranch lifestyle that this area is about,” he said

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