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Steel, concrete and dirt-digging

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyThe Arrabelle project in Lionshead begins to reveal itself to the public above the construction fences Tuesday.

VAIL ” Here’s an update of major construction projects in Vail:

Vail Front Door

The Vista Bahn has been moved to allow for excavation nearby. Concrete work continues for the parking garage and the Vail Mountain Club, said Todd Goulding of Vail Resorts Development Company. Wood framing has begun for the Lodge at Vail Chalets. Steel construction continues at the new spa for the Lodge at Vail.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door includes 13 town homes, a skier services building, a private club, a loading dock, an underground garage, a spa and an addition to the Lodge at Vail. The project is located at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village. The skier services building and the garage are supposed to be completed by next ski season. The spa and the Lodge addition are supposed to be complete by Christmas 2007. The private club and the townhomes are supposed to be completed in 2008.

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail

The Ritz-Carlton had a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday. Shoring and excavation, as well as the removal of groundwater, are supposed to continue until November, Goulding said.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of the South Frontage Road and West Forest Road, next to the Vail Marriott. Completion is expected in the winter of 2009-10. It will have 71 condos.

Arrabelle at Vail Square

Storefronts are being installed, and walls are being framed, according to a town of Vail update. Window, plumbing and electrical work continues, the update said.

The Arrabelle will have 66 condos ” all have been sold ” 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, mountain operations space, stores, parking and a loading dock. It is in the center of Lionshead on the site of the old gondola building.

Streetscape projects

The streetscape projects have been suspended for the summer and paved over with asphalt. Work was done on East Meadow Drive, on Willow Bridge Road, on West Meadow Drive in front of the Vail Valley Medical Center and in the Lionshead mall.

Work will resume Sept. 4 and continue through mid-November. Work will be done in the Lionshead mall, on the International Bridge and on West Meadow Drive in front of the Vail Valley Medical Center.

Vail Plaza Hotel and Club

Officials hope the complex will get a temporary certificate of occupancy by the end of July, said General Manager Connie Dorsey. They plan to open the complex in September, he said.

Now, workers are doing interior finishes, including work in the bar, one of the restaurants and meeting space, he said.

The project is between the South Frontage Road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It has 100 hotel rooms, 38 fractional fee units, two restaurants, a bar and a spa.


Demolition is almost complete on the site of the old Crossroads building, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris. The demolition should be done by next week, and grading and excavation will follow, he said.

The project should be completed by the winter 2009-10, he said.

Solaris will have 75 condos, a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006.

Vail Mountainview Residences

The foundation work for the building is done, said developer Ron Byrne. Concrete is being delivered and erected, Byrne said, and should be nearly completed in about 90 days.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. The project will have 24 condos. It’s supposed to be done in December 2008.

Four Seasons

A representative for Black Diamond-Vail, the developer, did not return a phone call.

The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout. It is supposed to be completed in September of 2009.

Manor Vail

Sprinklers are being installed, the new garage is being excavated and foundation work is ongoing, said Chuck Madison, senior partner of East West Partners, the developer. Steel work will start in the next week, and exterior work continues, he said.

The project will redo the exterior of the buildings and add 17 new condos. It will also add underground parking and a new swimming pool. The targeted completion date is fall of 2008, Madison said.

Nine Vail Road

Workers are continuing on exterior work, installing siding, stucco and rocks, said Howard Bridgland of Nedbo Construction. On the interior, workers are doing demolition work and working on fire alarms and sprinklers, he said.

The project includes an exterior facelift, a new swimming pool, landscaping, new hallway decor, a new sprinkler system and a new alarm system, Bridgland said. The work should be done by November, Bridgland said.

Nine Vail Road is on Vail Road near the Four Seasons site.


Workers have just completed demolition, said Tye Stockton of Ron Byrne and Associates Real Estate. Within the next couple of weeks, foundation work will begin, he said.

The new building will have nine fractional units and nine condos. It’s supposed to be completed in the fall of 2008. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. Five of the nine condos are under contract, Stockton said.


A representative from Highland Builders Corp. could not be reached.

Workers are redoing the store space at the Landmark, which includes Vail Sports, Ski Base and Billy’s Island Grill. The work is supposed to be completed by the upcoming ski season.

One Willow Bridge Road

The Marketplace on Meadow Drive, which includes a cafeteria, a grocery store, a wine bar and a liquor store, opened Tuesday. Work continues on the condos, and the fractional-fee units are completed, said Donato Lipari of the Weitz Company.

One Willow Bridge Road will have 10 condos and 12 fractional-fee units. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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