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VAIL, Colorado ” Here’s an update of major construction projects in Vail:

Workers are pouring foundations and doing some excavation, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for the project. The building will start to rise for the first time in two weeks when pre-cast concrete is installed, Cohn said.

Peter Knobel’s Solaris project will have 77 condos, a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006, and is supposed to be completed in the winter of 2009-10.

Workers recently poured the third floor of the complex. Mechanical and plumbing infrastructure is also being installed. The construction offices are being moved from trailers along Meadow Drive to the basement of the complex.

The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 “fractional” units. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, a spa and stores. It is supposed to be completed in late 2009.

A representative for the Willows could not be reached.

The new building will have nine “fractional” units and nine condos. The Willows is supposed to be completed later this year. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Workers are installing snowmelt equipment and sidewalks around the building, said Keith Fernandez of Vail Resorts Development Company. They are also doing stone and rock work, installing fire pits, waterfalls and railings, Fernandez said. Work is finishing up inside the condos, most of which should be completed by July.

The Arrabelle has 66 condos, 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, locker rooms, offices, stores, parking and a loading dock. The stores, including Burton, Vail Sports, Patagonia, Quiksilver and Starbucks, are open. The restaurants are Blue Moose Pizza, Centre V, the Vail Chophouse and Rimini, a sweets shop.

Work is finishing up on the Vail Mountain Club, which is expected to open in the fall, Fernandez said. Appliances are starting to go into some of the chalets, some of which are due to be completed in July. The last chalets will be completed later this year, Fernandez said.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door includes 13 townhomes, a skier services building, a private club, a loading dock, an underground garage, a spa and an addition to the Lodge at Vail. The project is located at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village.

Shoring and excavation continue, Fernandez said. Workers are dealing with a wall that collapsed on the site, but the project remains on track for an August 2010 completion, he said.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of South Frontage and West Forest roads, next to the Vail Marriott. It will have 71 condos, and 46 have been sold.

Workers are doing demolition inside the building and installing fences outside the building, said Tony Faulhaber of Viele Construction.

This project will expand the existing condos and add nine new condos to the Lionsquare North building. It will also create a new exterior for the building.

A representative for the Landmark could not be reached.

The Landmark is in Lionshead, above Billy’s Island Grill, North Face, the General Store and One Track Mind. The project is going to add 17 condos to the complex.

Both of the existing buildings will get a new exterior, and there will also be a new clocktower between the two buildings. The project is supposed to be completed by early 2010.

Workers continue to work on the exterior of the building, said Chuck Madison of East West Partners, the developer. Interior work is continuing, he said. Work on the parking garage is finishing up, he added.

The project is adding a new exterior to the buildings and 17 new condos. There also will be additional underground parking and a new swimming pool. Completion is targeted for this summer and fall.

Some of the condos are nearing completion, said Ron Byrne, the developer. Exterior stone work continues, and the parking garage is about halfway done, Byrne said.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. The project will have 24 condos. It’s supposed to be done late this year.

Workers are installing pumps, lights and stone, said Todd Oppenheimer of the town of Vail. The project is scheduled to be completed May 23, but might be later because there are some problems getting the components to fit together properly, Oppenheimer said.

It seems the Roost will stick around for another ski season. Kevin Deighan, a member of the development team, Timberline Roost Lodge LLC, said there have not been enough sales commitments for the project ” a condo-Marriott hotel complex ” to begin construction. It’s unlikely that construction will begin this summer, he said. The Roost remains open.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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