Vail OKs plan for affordable housing, fire station |

Vail OKs plan for affordable housing, fire station

VAIL ” Bob Armour says a new plan for a now-empty hillside in West Vail will bring a lot to the neighborhood.

“More life, vitality, kids and people,” he said.

Not to mention something Armour and other West Vail residents have wanted for a long time: a fire station.

On Tuesday, the Vail Town Council approved a plan for a fire station and 58 affordable homes on about 5 acres of town-owned land near Chamonix Lane, above the West Vail Shell Station.

The $19 million plan calls for two- and three-bedroom deed-restricted homes on the property. To cut costs, they will be pre-fabricated homes. The plan also includes a fire station where the Wendy’s restaurant used to be.

Council members rejected a plan for more affordable homes, 67 in all, citing costs.

The town now has to find a way to build the complex. All financing options will be considered, the town has said. Armour, who served on an advisory committee for the plan, said the development will likely be a public-private partnership.

Council members also decided Tuesday to pursue certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building program.

Jack Bergey, who owns property next to the land, said he welcomes the project because it would block noise and views of Interstate 70.

“I really want to see something built there as soon as possible, and it needs to be affordable,” Bergey said.

Mark Gordon, a town councilman, voted against the approving project, saying it had too many two-bedroom homes and not enough three-bedroom homes.

“This is not family housing,” Gordon said.

The plan passed by a vote of 6-1.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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