Roost developer drops lawsuit
VAIL ” The developer of the Roost Lodge has dropped its suit against opponents of the Crossroad project.
Timberline Roost Lodge filed a notice of dismissal Tuesday in District Court. In July, the company sued Friends of Vail Village, saying the group overstated the size of the proposed Roost Lodge redevelopment. The suit also named as defendants Crossroads opponents Tom Steinberg, Andy Wiessner and Joe Staufer.
Friends of Vail Village campaigned against the Crossroads redevelopment, objecting to its height and bulk. In campaign materials, the group said the Roost proposal was an example of “overdevelopment” in Vail. The Crossroads proposal was approved in a townwide vote July 11.
Kevin Deighan, a member of the development company, declined further comment when reached Friday. Deighan’s lawyer did not return a phone call.
There was no settlement, said Lawrence W. Treece, a Denver lawyer who represents the defendants.
“We made it clear to them that their lawsuit was without any foundation and, if it proceeded, we intended to make a counterclaim for abuse of process,” Treece said.
Treece said the lawsuit was brought to silence political opposition.
The Roost proposal was approved by the town’s planning commission Aug. 14. Construction is scheduled to start next spring.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.
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