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Temporary offices irk Vail

VAIL, Colorado ” Saying the offices were meant to be temporary, the Vail Town Council has questioned a decision to allow Vail Resorts to stay in its Lionshead offices.

Vail Resorts, the company that runs Vail Mountain, occupies the first floor of the Treetops building in Lionshead, across from Subway, as well as office space near Moe’s Barbecue in Concert Hall Plaza.

Offices aren’t allowed on the first floors of buildings in the neighborhood, said George Ruther, director of the Community Development Department.

“It was supposed to be a temporary solution,” said Councilman Kevin Foley. “We always thought the office space was supposed to be replaced over at the Arrabelle building. … It seems like they should be able to get them moved into some place where offices ought to be.”

Foley said he’d rather see stores or restaurants at the Treetops building, which would bring “vitality” to the neighborhood, as well as sales tax dollars to town coffers.

The offices have been there since 2004. Vail Resorts has renewed its permit allowing the “temporary” offices each year.

The council appealed a decision by the Planning and Environmental Commission to grant a one-year extension. The appeal will be heard Oct. 7.

But some council members say they have no intention of kicking Vail Resorts to the curb months before ski season.

Councilman Farrow Hitt said he’s interested in exploring a new provision that would make the situation less “open ended.”

Councilman Andy Daly said he wants Vail Resorts to come up with a plan regarding where it will relocate its offices.

“My priority is to keep the mountain guys close to the mountain,” Daly said.

Kim Newbury, a councilwoman, also said she thought the offices were supposed to be relocated to the Arrabelle at Vail Square.

“I’m just curious about why they’ve asked again for an extension,” said Councilwoman Kim Newbury.

Vail Resorts had once contemplated moving its offices to the North Day Lot, not the Arrabelle, George Ruther said. It now envisions offices at Ever Vail, the $1 billion ski village planned for West Lionshead.

Construction at Ever Vail could start next year, but the company has not said when it could be finished.

A spokeswoman from Vail Resorts did not return a phone call Monday.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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