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Facelift for Eagle-Vail commercial strip?

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” The long strip of single-story offices, tire shops and retail stores lining U.S. Highway 6 is not what county commissioners have in mind for the future of the Eagle-Vail business district.

The county is still mulling ideas for redeveloping the unincorporated area, but plans could include affordable, higher density homes, and a mix of commercial and professional buildings, County Commissioner Arn Menconi said.

“I’d like to see us go up with some condos, get a much more appealing architectural style, and take opportunities to capture the river,” he said.

The land from Dowd Junction to the Eagle-Vail Interstate 70 exit is currently home to businesses such as the Vail Daily, Big-O Tires, Paddy’s, Pier 13 Liquors and Ti Amo restaurant and the Kayak Crossing apartments.

New development could make the area more pedestrian friendly and possibly include a rail system using the existing tracks that run through the valley, Community Development Director Keith Montag said.

Planning for future development will start this summer. “We’ll look at the potential for the area and work with the local community to see what they want,” Montag said.

County planners see Eagle-Vail as one of the last areas in the county where a more flexible and innovative approach to development can be taken.

Instead of strict land-use codes, planners want to focus on development that is walkable, encourages alternative transportation, connects with the rest of the area, and visually blends together, Montag said.

Eagle-Vail’s neighborhood are also being scrutinized. The Eagle-Vail Metro District is funding a study by the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit organization specializing in land use, to study the residential area and golf course.

The study will help the neighborhood make future planning decisions for Eagle-Vail’s recreation facilities.

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

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