Vail may give Lionshead garage project more time |

Vail may give Lionshead garage project more time

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Several potential developments, including rebuilding the Lionshead parking structure, will be discussed by the Vail Town Council next week in Vail, Colorado.

Here are several items that will come up at next Tuesday’s meeting:

– Developer Mark Masinter of Open Hillwood Partnership Vail/One LLC has plans to rebuild the garage into a new development that would include a W hotel, conference center, stores, restaurants and office space.

However, the developer needs Vail Resorts to lift a restriction on the property that limits the land for parking. The town gave Masinter until March 15 to get the restriction lifted. Now Masinter is asking for a 90-day extension to lift the restriction.

The council may not approve the extension, ending the rebuilding plans for now, or give the developer more time under a new agreement, said Community Development Director George Ruther.

However, the town is also worried that the project’s delay and further extensions will “tie up” improvements that need to be done on the town-owned property.

“Staff is increasingly concerned about the lack of documented progress toward the removal of the deed restriction,” wrote Town Manager Stan Zemler in a memo to the council. “Maintenance of the Lionshead structure has been deferred, while the expected start of this project has been delayed.”

The garage needs various repairs, window replacements, renovations in the information booth, a new elevator, more bathrooms and does not meet federal disabled access standards.

– The council will also talk to Vail Resorts developers about rebuilding Checkpoint Charlie, the village’s aging gatehouse. Vail Resorts had agreed to rebuild the gatehouse, add a public restroom to the village, and improve the streetscape in the area in association with the Front Door development.

The spot planned for the new bathrooms could pose problems, as it is located over many utility lines, developers said.

The council will decide whether or not they want Vail Resorts to start with the improvements this fall.

– Plans for Ever Vail ” Vail Resort’s proposed green ski village in West Lionshead ” are also moving forward. Part of the project, which is still going through the approval phase, involves straightening South Frontage Road, and plans for the roadwork were approved by the planning and environmental commission last month.

The council will look at the designs, which include two new roundabouts, two lanes in each direction and a bike and pedestrian path.

A final decision on the road changes is expected on April 21, after which the plans will be sent to the Colorado Department of Transportation for approval.

The council will also discuss proposed public improvements from the Ever Vail project, which include skier drop-off sites, a new public transit station and a new parking structure.

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

See the full agenda for next Tuesday’s 6 p.m. meeting at

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