Vail conference center site up in the air over stalled Amoco station sale |

Vail conference center site up in the air over stalled Amoco station sale

Scott Cunningham

Vail’s conference center, approved by voters in November, may not wind up looking quite the way it was proposed if Vail Resorts can’t close a deal to buy the Amoco station on South Frontage Road.But all the parties agree it won’t derail the $46 million facility if the gas station deal falls through.Vail Resorts has been in discussions with Amoco owner George Brodin to purchase the station located at 934 South Frontage Road since last summer.Brodin was approached by the ski company, he says, because of their interest in razing the structure and using the area to relocate their maintenance facilities, currently on land the conference center is slated for.The benefits of moving the skier services to Brodin’s acre of land are additional space for the conference center and the increased safety of a mountain-side maintenance facility (to keep snowcats from having to cross South Frontage Road).Failure to acquire the property could result in changes to the conference center site plan, according to Vail director of community development Russell Forrest.”They may need to retain space on the (proposed conference center) site for skier operations if they don’t acquire the Amoco station,” says Forrest.But he insists that the construction of the 40,000-square-foot conference center is not contingent on the ski company’s purchase of the gas station.Matthew Sugar, director of community relations for Vail Resorts management company, agrees, insisting that the possibilities at this stage of planning are numerous.”There are lots of options,” Sugar says.Brodin himself has been very open to the idea of a sale and continues to be, he says, not because he needs to sell he insists his business is excellent but because it would be good for the community.”(To sell) would do the greatest good for the greatest number of people,” Brodin says. “I’m interested in further discussions, but I personally have no burning reason or need to do anything.”Sugar has called the deal “a work in progress” for Vail Resorts.

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