Vail may get two more affordable homes |

Vail may get two more affordable homes

Melanie Wong

The issue: Building affordable housing on Arosa Drive.

How they voted: All in favor for sending out a bid for a builder.

What they talked about: The council decided to build an affordable duplex on a town-owned piece of land in West Vail known as the “A-Frame lot.” The plan is that the homes will be deed restricted and sold to year-round Eagle County residents working full-time in the county. The town is putting the project out to bid, but does not plan to subsidize the project.

“This is pretty exciting to think that hopefully by this fall we could have employee housing under construction,” said Councilman Mark Gordon. “The faster this can be done accurately, the better.”

However, water drainage runs through the lot, which may pose some engineering problems and incur some extra costs in developing the land.

What’s next? The town plans to collect responses by May 21 and select a development team by June 16.

Who they talked to: Town planner Rachel Friede, representatives from the Vail Valley Foundation.

How they voted: All in favor of giving the banners a test run this summer.

What they talked about: The Vail Valley Foundation wants to put large event banners up on some of Vail’s buildings that are under construction. The signs, which could be as big as 1,500 square feet, would advertise for town-sponsored community events such as the Vail Dance Festival or the Teva Mountain Games.

“These large signs will remind people on I-70 that this is a vibrant town and things are going on,” said councilwoman Margaret Rogers. “It’s a creative way to market Vail. This may be an inexpensive way to get a lot of bang for the buck.”

However, town staff and some residents were worried that the banners didn’t match with the character of Vail and might end up looking like billboards.

“I was appalled that this is something we’re considering,” said Vail resident Bob Armour. “This is not Times Square ” it’s Vail, Colorado.”

Jim Lamont, executive director of the Vail Village Homeowners Association, said Vail shouldn’t need signs to advertise what can already be seen from the interstate.

“We need to present ourselves as a world class resort, not something that is struggling to keep itself afloat,” he said.

While Town Council members shared some of the concerns, they decided to give the signs a trial run this summer with a list of restrictions. There are rules for what can go on the banners, how long they can be up and how many can be up at once. All banners must also be approved by the town Design Review Board before they are displayed.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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