Plan to convert Lodge and Spa at Cordillera into drug treatment center riles neighbors
November 6, 2016
Russ Schmeiser did his homework when he and his wife purchased their home in Cordillera, 20 miles west of Vail.
He studied the high-end golf community's zoning rules and the planned unit development documents controlling land use. He visited the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, a posh 56-room resort adjacent to his home.
"The presence of the lodge as a community amenity was an important factor in our decision-making process when we acquired our home," he said of his 2014 purchase.
So when a Baltimore drug addiction treatment facility announced plans to buy the lodge and convert it into a $65,000-per-month residential treatment center, Schmeiser joined his neighbors in protesting the deal. And when Eagle County's community development director earlier this year ruled that an addiction treatment center was an allowed use under Cordillera's planned unit development regulations, those neighbors cried foul, arguing that the regulations detail 34 potential uses for the lodge that do not include a private drug-treatment facility.