Vail projects get extension from town
Present: Kevin Foley, Susie Tjossem, Ludwig Kurz, Andy Daly, Margaret Rogers, Greg Moffet, Kerry Donovan.
Issue: Naming and use of the new community meeting space atop the Lionshead parking structure’s new welcome center.
Who they talked to: Assistant Town Manager Pam Brandmeyer, who said town staff had come up with some proposed names for the new community space. But Tjossem and other council members said they’d prefer something else.
After a bit of discussion – including suggesting selling naming rights – the final idea was to ask the community for ideas at the March 13 “State of the Town” event at Donovan Pavilion. Residents will be asked to submit names and, this being Vail, someone willing to write a substantial check could buy the naming rights, with the money going toward operating expenses.
On that subject, the council discussed what kind of fees should be charged for the new space. Rogers said she’d envisioned that the room would be available to community groups for little to no charge, with fees charged for weddings and similar events.
What’s next? Town staff will come up with more ideas for managing the new space, including using money generated at Donovan Pavilion to help offset operating costs.
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Issue: A resolution extending the time allowed for four projects in Vail to begin.
How they voted. Unanimously in favor.
What’s the issue? The Cascade Residences, Cornerstone Residences, Strata and Timberline Roost Lodge all earned town approvals for either new projects or significant renovations before the world’s economy fell to pieces. With the economy still slumping, the town gave those projects an extra three years to start work.
“When are we finally going to say it’s time to get moving?” Foley asked.
Town Community Development Director George Ruther said he’d talked to all the developers about that topic, and said he hoped all the projects would start in the next couple of years.
“They remain good projects,” Ruther said, adding that if future events make the projects untenable, then the developers will probably withdraw them.
What’s next? Waiting for economic conditions to change.