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Housing more and less than others

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Preston Utley/Daily file photoBetween 50 and 70 employee housing units will be built at abandoned Gilman mining camp if a company is allowed to build a private ski resort in Minturn.
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MINTURN ” The Ginn Development Co., which wants to build a private ski resort in Minturn, has underestimated the number of permanent employees and construction workers it will need, states a $1,200 review of Ginn’s plan by RRC Associates of Boulder.

Ginn plans to house about 310 out of 776 full-time “equivalents,” company planner Dominic Mauriello said.

But “equivalents” ” which comprises part-time and full-time workers to measure the number of employees ” are an artificial way of thinking about employee housing, said Chris Cares, principal for RRC Associates.

Ginn should show how it plans to house employees during the busiest periods of employment based on the experiences of other Colorado resorts, he said.

Ginn’s plan also fails to explain what makes the company different from other Colorado resorts, he said.

“Nobody else has been able to run a resort that way,” Cares said.

Mauriello said Ginn would hire mostly full-time employees and positions would change some seasons ” a ski instructor might become a golf course employee during the summer.

Ginn also would surpass the commitments of some providing employee housing in communities nearby. Vail wants to house 30 percent of the people who work in town in affordable housing, said Vail Housing Director Nina Timm.

Copper Mountain houses about 33 percent of its employees during peak season, said Spokeswoman Lauren Pelletraeu.

Snowmass pledges to house 45 percent of its employees, Cares said.

In Gilman, the company would construct 50 to 70 units for its employees that would mimic the colors, sizes and form of the now dilapidated homes to preserve the appearance of the old mining town, Mauriello said.

The company also would build 80 to 100 units near Shrine Pass Road, east of Red Cliff, he said.

Ginn would pay wages competitive with other employers in the Vail Valley, Mauriello said.

Leasing rates for employee housing would remain competitive with other employee housing in the valley, he said.

If employees want to buy a home, Ginn owns a mortgage company that would provide low interest loans to employees, he said.

Ginn expects about 137 school-aged children in Eagle County and 34 in Lake County from residents and employees, he said.


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