Plans for Roost Lodge approved
VAIL ” A scaled-back version of the Roost Lodge redevelopment was approved Tuesday.
The project, first submitted to the town 12 month ago, was reduced in size after the planning commission and neighbors said it didn’t fit in with the neighborhood. Nearby residents said it was too big and tall.
The project will be a four-story Marriott Residence Inn and have 101 hotel rooms, 28 condos, three employee housing units and 169 parking spaces.
The planning commission approved the project, 7-0.
“The development has come a tremendously long way from what we first saw a year ago,” said commissioner Rollie Kjesbo.
Last November, the developer was proposing 129 hotel rooms and 39 condos. The proposal’s height was also reduced.
The project found its way into the debate over the Solaris redevelopment, which was ultimately approved in a townwide election last month. Friends of Vail Village, which opposed “overdevelopment” in Vail, said the Roost Lodge proposal was evidence of redevelopment that is too big and tall.
The developer of the site, Timberline Roost Lodge LLC, filed suit against the group, citing misinformation in its campaign materials.
“We’ve had discussions regarding the settlement of the lawsuit,” Kevin Deighan, one of the members of the development team, said after the project was approved Monday. “I think it’s a shame we had to file a lawsuit to get this group to act with integrity and ethics.”
A couple residents who live near the Roost Lodge said Monday they are still concerned about the size of the project.
“To me, it still seems like a very large building and it affects a large area,” said West Vail resident Greg Bemis.
Demolition of the Roost Lodge, which was built in the early ’70s, is scheduled for May. The new building is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2008.
The Roost Lodge has 77 hotel room and has long been one of the most inexpensive lodges in Vail.
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