Vail: Parking pits town against resort
VAIL, Colorado ” If you don’t allow the Lionshead parking structure, we won’t approve Ever Vail.
That’s what the town of Vail said Friday in trying to compel the ski company to allow the $900 million Lionshead parking garage renovation to proceed.
Approval of Ever Vail ” a separate, $1 billion project Vail Resorts planned for West Lionshead ” will be contingent of the company lifting the “deed restriction” it holds on the Lionshead garage land, Town Manager Stan Zemler said in a letter to Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz.
“It’s very obvious to me and everybody that we can play nice or we cannot play nice,” said Town Councilman Mark Gordon. “It’s much better that everyone plays nice and we all get the benefits.”
The Lionshead project would replace the current parking structure with condos, timeshares, a conference center, stores, restaurants, a transit center and public parking. The project, which would be built on town-owned land, is being proposed by Open Hospitality Partners/Hillwood Capital, a Texas development group that includes Ross Perot Jr., the son of the former presidential candidate.
Town Council members have been enthusiastic about the project, which they say includes significant public benefits.