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Vail glimpses new Timber Ridge

Lauren Glendenninglglendenning@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe developer planning to renovate Vail's Timber Ridge employee apartments wants to rebuild the complex in three sections to break up the length, which is estimated at about 800 feet

VAIL, Colorado – Vail decision-makers got their first glimpse of the new Timber Ridge redevelopment project at a rare joint meeting between the Vail Town Council, the Design Review Board and the Planning and Environmental Commission Tuesday.The last time the town hosted a joint meeting like this was four years ago when it met about the Arrabelle project, said Town Manager Stan Zemler. No decisions came out of the meeting – the point of it was to hear early feedback from town officials that developers could consider before submitting an official application.”This is very conceptual,” Zemler said. Architect Walter Hughes, of Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects, showed the packed Town Council chambers early designs of what the eastern portion of the 10-acre Timber Ridge site might look like after redevelopment. He showed designs featuring a five-level parking garage in the center of the buildings, keeping it out of sight from Frontage Road and Interstate 70. The building would be designed into three sections to break up the length, which is estimated at about 800 feet. The commissioners, board members and council members asked questions about how the face of the building could be broken up more. They asked if varying the roof heights and pitches could help break up the so-called ridge line of the building, and talked about parking, the building’s amenities, its accessibility and livability.The very next steps are a series of meetings between the town and various public works groups, like the Colorado Department of Transportation, Holy Cross Electric, the Vail Fire Department and the Eagle River Wahter and Sanitation District. Those meetings would reveal any major red flags within the project before it moves to the formal application process, Zemler said. George Ruther, the town’s community development director, said the Timber Ridge application is unique in that each one of the town boards will have a role in it. There’s also some flexibility in the project specs because the site is in the housing zone district, Ruther said. Hughes said the early designs of the project “pretty much comply with everything.”The Town Council approved a pre-development agreement with Vail Timber Ridge LLC, the Texas-based company formed from C.F. Jordan Construction Services, at its Oct. 20 meeting. The agreement gives the developer an exclusive option to redevelop the eastern five acres of the site, but the developer has to submit an initial application for the project by April 1.Darren Woody, partner with Vail Timber Ridge LLC, said his company is excited about the project and thinks the town will be proud of it when it’s complete. The agreement is good for two years from the Oct. 20 pre-development approval, but the town or the developer could kill the deal with 30-days notice. Ruther said the town’s review process, once the developer submits its formal application, would take a minimum of six months. Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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