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Ever Vail not an automatic

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –From more skier drop-off areas to a public hotel lobby to conference center space to a 13,000 square-foot organic and gourmet market, the proposed Ever Vail project is proposing a lot for the western portion of the Lionshead area.

Councilmember Margaret Rogers, however, doesn’t want to hear it.

“I dont understand why staff is spending any time on this whatsoever until we have a lift on the deed restriction,” Rogers said Tuesday.

Vail Resorts holds a deed restriction on the Lionshead parking structure property – a restriction the town wants lifted so it can pursue redeveloping the land with a private developer. The town sent Vail Resorts a letter early this year telling the company it wouldn’t approve Ever Vail until the deed restriction is lifted.

“We fully aknowledge that we will not get our approvals until we lift the deed restriction,” said Kristin Williams, Vail Resorts Development Company spokeswoman.

Rogers reiterated the approval isn’t automatic when the restriction is lifted.

It’s been years since the town first heard about Ever Vail – a project that will add a skier gondola, public parking, employee housing, a hotel, retail shops, restaurants and a new home for Vail’s mountain operations staff and equipment to Lionshead. The project would have an eastern and western portion, with Red Sandstone Creek dividing the two halves, and would create more access and connectivity between the mountain, Lionshead Village and the Cascade Resort, say Vail Resorts officials.

Vail Resorts presented a new overview of the project to the Vail Town Council Tuesday, updating council members on a two-day retreat in July between the company and town staff, and also showing them new drawings of the proposed project.

Town Council members appear to generally support the project, although they won’t see a finalized application until November.

“Despite the importance of the deed restriction, this still looks like a pretty exciting project,” said Councilman Farrow Hitt. “I hope it continues down the road.”

The Town Council wants Vail Resorts to come back in November with a lot more detail, especially with the phasing of the project’s construction.

Tom Miller, the project manager with Vail Resorts Development Company, said employee housing and public parking requirements will be met throughout each phase of the project, with the first phase being the construction of the Vail mountain operations facility, an underground place for mountain operations staff and equipment storage.

Hitt was concerned the public parking wouldn’t get built along with the gondola – something the Town Council said must happen in previous meetings with Vail Resorts.

As for parking for construction workers, Miller said the company plans on shuttling them onto the site. Councilwoman Rogers said it better not be from the main parking structures in the town.

“That’s not our intention right now,” Miller said.

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