Vail refines plan for $17.5 million bus station |

Vail refines plan for $17.5 million bus station

VAIL ” Neighbors will be shielded from a bus station planned for the North Day Lot, town officials said Tuesday.

“They won’t have to look at a bus, they won’t have to hear a bus, they won’t have to smell a bus,” said Greg Hall, Vail’s director of public works.

The town has a plan to spend $17.5 million for a bus station on the North Day Lot in Lionshead. The town is working with Vail Resorts to build a $37 million complex that would include the 120 beds that the ski company owes in association with the Arrabelle at Vail Square, which the company built in Lionshead.

The project could break ground by spring 2010, and Vail Resorts officials said they’re eager to build the housing.

“We’re ready to put our beds there,” said Tom Miller of Vail Resorts Development Company.

The Town Council heard an updated plan for the bus station-employee housing complex Tuesday. There would be four stories of employee housing on top of the bus station, and there would be underground parking below the bus station. There would also be nine skier drop-off spaces as part of the project.

Neighbors of the project have objected to the project, in particular the noise, odors and light that they say the bus station would create.

The town says the bus station will cost the town $17.5 million, and other improvements to nearby walkways could add another $1 million to the price, said Town Manager Stan Zemler.

Vail plans to use “tax increment financing” or TIF bonds as well as already-collected TIF funds to pay for the project. It also would look to state, federal and county money.

The council could approve the project at its next meeting.

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

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