Ever Vail aims to take ‘big step’ | VailDaily.com

Ever Vail aims to take ‘big step’

Melanie Wong
Special to the Vail Daily/Vail ResortsEver Vail, a $1 billion ski village proposed for West Lionshead in Vail, Colorado, would have stores and restaurants on the ground level of the development. Condos, timeshares and employee housing would be above.

VAIL, Colorado ” After almost two years of planning, design and negotiations with the town of Vail, Colorado, Vail Resorts’ proposed ski village may clear its first hurdle next week.

The Vail Town Council is expected to make a decision next Tuesday on whether or not to approve Vail Resort’s proposed plans to straighten the South Frontage Road.

The road work is part of the resort’s plans for Ever Vail, a new ski village in West Lionshead. The project is currently going through the approval phase.

Plans for the Frontage Road include two new roundabouts, one of which would allow for a future underpass at Simba Run, bike lanes and landscaping.

Problems that the town had with adequate snow storage and the height of the retaining walls along Interstate 70 have been resolved, said Tom Miller, director of development for Vail Resorts Development Co.

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Getting approval for the road plans will mean that developers can start ironing out the details for the rest of the project, he said, which is expected to include a new public parking garage, gondola, park and hotels, stores and homes.

If the council approves the Frontage Road plans, the town will then submit the plans for approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Vail Resorts will reimburse the town for the cost of the entire process.

Accepting the plans does not mean that the town is approving the project, town officials have said.

Getting town approval for the road will be a “big step,” said Kristin Williams, Eagle County spokeswoman for Vail Resorts.

“(Working with the town) has been positive and forward moving,” she said. “We feel good about all the work that’s gone into the road realignment.

Ever Vail is still years away from being built, but Williams said she’s optimistic that the project will continue to move through the approval process.

“This is a big project, if not one of the biggest projects the town of Vail has ever reviewed and it’s at a time where there’s a lot of uncertainty with the economy,” she said. “We expect tough, but fair negotiations.”

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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