New neighborhood in Valley Valley?
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – A Vail Valley developer has plans to build medical facilities, a wide range of homes and parks and trails on what is known as the B&B parcel in the core of Edwards.The proposed project, named Eagle River Meadows, would bring hospital facilities, medical offices, rehabilitation centers, a pharmacy and research facilities to 105 acres of land owned by B&B excavating company. The land stretches from the railroad tracks near Interstate 70, across the Eagle River, and down to U.S. Highway 6.According to the proposal by developer Lance Badger of the Atira Group, the project would also bring nearly 600,000 square feet of residential development, accompanied by open space, parks and recreation trails.The residential development would include short-term housing for medical patients and their families, senior housing, as well as the gamut of non-medical housing – free-market family homes, rental housing and deed-restricted affordable housing were all listed as possibilities.Some retail, both associated with the hospital and for the proposed neighborhoodThe project would connect to the neighboring Eagle River Preserve via hiking trails, and fishing access to the river is also in the plans.The site has been looked at over the past couple years by different groups for a variety of purposes. Eagle County considered buying the land for future affordable housing, and the Vail Valley Medical Center has listed the land as a possible site for downvalley expansion. The land, which is now a gravel pit, is one of the last large pieces of undeveloped land in the unincorporated Edwards area.Despite the plans for hospital facilities, including in-patient and out-patient centers, an emergency room and a helipad, hospital sources said there are no definite plans for any sort of major move to Edwards.The hospital does have plans to expand some services downvalley, as well as add rooms to the Vail campus.”We don’t have intention of building a new hospital,” said Jens Werner, of Peeples Ink, a PR agency that works for the hospital. “We don’t have plans right now beyond the enhancement of existing facilities.”Badger could not be reached for comment regarding details of the project on Tuesday. However, earlier this year, Badger had said that studies showed Eagle County is “medically underserved,” and that a medical campus would be a good addition whether or not the hospital chose to be involved.The proposal was filed with Eagle County on Tuesday, and the next 21 days will be a “referral period,” which means that the plans will be reviewed by agencies such as energy companies, the U.S. Forest Service and other service districts.Staff writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.