Vail: Lionshead parking structure improvements may cost less |

Vail: Lionshead parking structure improvements may cost less

Board: Vail Town Council, May 4.

Present: Kevin Foley, Susie Tjossem, Kim Newberry, Dick Cleveland, Margaret Rogers, Kerry Donovan.

What they talked about: Lionshead Transit Center design.

Who they talked to: Louis Bieker of 4240 Architecture of Denver.

What they talked about: Bieker told council members about progress on the redesign of a new transit center at the Lionshead parking structure. The improvements, scheduled to be done this year, include improvements to South Frontage Road, the intersection of the frontage road and East Lionshead Circle, and a new skier drop-off area. The improvements also include new walkways and a new building to replace the one currently atop the structure on the northeast corner.

Plans also include replacing the building on the southwest corner of the building – where Subway is today – with a new “welcome center” that includes a roughly 20 by 30-foot room for people to wait for buses or friends, or just warm up.

What’s the best news? Beiker said that given current labor rates and material prices, the cost of the entire project has come down by about $1 million. The project’s price tag is now roughly $14 million for work this year and next.

When does work start? Construction is expected to start in August and be finished by December.

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