Main Street building plans stalled |

Main Street building plans stalled

J.K. Perry

MINTURN – Town councilors have halted progress on a commercial and residential building planned for downtown Minturn until a scale model is built. Council members say they want a better judge of whether the building fits town “character.”Councilor members think the three-story building designed by Eagle Valley Investments, LLC might be too large and different from other buildings in the area. The proposed area on the 400 block of Main Street, just south of Shop and Hop.”It’s a very strategic place on the street in town,” said Ann Capela, town manager.The plans include 3,000 square feet of first-floor retail space, a second-story parking garage with entrance on Boulder Street and six third-floor condos or apartments.The area is designated for commercial use, so the developer must have permission to build the residences and parking garage.To gauge the building’s impact, Town Attorney Allen Christensen suggested the council have the developer build a scale model of the building and surrounding area. The idea was initially met with reservations the model would be expensive, but the cost is picked up by the developer, Christensen said. “It’s going to be there for 100 years,” Christensen said. “It gives you the visual aid to see what it looks like.”Councilors will again discuss the building, Oct. 5. Former county commissioner and Minturn mayor Mike Gallagher did not oppose the project, but said the building’s character must be considered. He also said the building’s closeness to the street could pose visibility problems when cars leave the garage.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or Vail, Colorado

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