Vail Plaza Hotel done, but many projects continue |

Vail Plaza Hotel done, but many projects continue

VAIL ” One big project, the Vail Plaza Hotel and Club, is pretty much done, with hotel rooms open for guests. That leaves about 10 other major projects going on in construction-laden Vail. Here’s a rundown:

The Vail Plaza Club and Hotel got its “temporary certificate of occupancy” last week, and hotel guests are now staying at the hotel, said Connie Dorsey, general manager.

The restaurants, Galileo and DaVinci, will open later this month, he said.

The building is between South Frontage Road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It has 100 hotel rooms, 38 fractional fee units, two restaurants, a bar and a spa.

Workers are finishing the hotel rooms and moving furniture into the rooms, according to an update provided to the town by Vail Resorts Development Company, the developer. Testing of fire alarms continue. The spaces for stores are being finished.

The Arrabelle will have 66 condos, 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, locker rooms, offices, stores, parking and a loading dock. The hotel will open Jan. 5. The stores, including Burton, Vail Sports, Patagonia, Quiksilver and Starbucks, will open by Christmas. The restaurants will include Blue Moose Pizza, Centre V, the Vail Chophouse and a chocolatier.

The Arrabelle is in the center of Lionshead on the site of the old gondola building.

Workers are excavating the site and wrapping up the utility work, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris. The project remains on schedule for completion in the winter of 2009-10.

Solaris will have 77 condos, a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006.

The garage has been built, and work continues on putting a new exterior on the building, said Chuck Madison of East West Partners, the developer. The new penthouses now have roofs and framing continues on those condos, Madison said.

The projects calls for a redo of the exterior of the buildings and 17 new condos. There also will be additional underground parking and a new swimming pool. The targeted completion date is fall of 2008.

he developer of Vail Mountainview Residences could not be reached for this story.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. The project will have 24 condos. It’s supposed to be done in late 2008.

A large portion of the building’s first-floor foundation is complete, said Emily McCormack, a spokeswoman for the developer, Black Diamond Resorts-Vail. Concrete work continues on the second and third floors, she said.

The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout. It is supposed to be completed in late 2009.

Excavation will continue until Dec. 21, and shoring work is ongoing, according to a town of Vail update.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of South Frontage and West Forest roads, next to the Vail Marriott. Completion is expected in the winter of 2009-10. It will have 71 condos.

Workers are doing steel construction, and the building has almost reached its tallest point, said Tye Stockton of Ron Byrne and Associates.

The new building will have nine fractional units and nine condos. One condo remains unsold. The Willows is supposed to be completed in late 2008. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Finish work in the skier services building continues, according to an update provided to the town of Vail by the developer, Vail Resorts Development Company.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door includes 13 townhomes, a skier services building, a private club, a loading dock, an underground garage, a spa and an addition to the Lodge at Vail. The project is located at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village.

The company hopes to open the skier services building, dubbed “Mountain Plaza”, by mid-December, according to the update provided to the town of Vail.

The entire project is supposed to be completed by 2008.

Miscellaneous work is wrapping up, and the stores should be open by Christmas, said Mark Hallenbeck of Highland Builders Corp.

Workers are redoing the store space at the Landmark. North Face, One Track Mind, Ski Base and the General Store will occupy the space.

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

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