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Vail Resorts plans condo project for Arrowhead

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

ARROWHEAD ” A new Vail Resorts condominium project may mean a new pool and other amenities for Arrowhead residents, but it may also mean the end of some free skier parking.

Vail Resorts has been planning the 80-unit condo complex for about a year on the site of the Arrowhead parking lot. The yet-to-be-named project will have an underground parking structure, a community pool and outdoor fireplaces, said Michael Brekka, vice-president of Vail Resorts Development.

“We’ve been working very closely with the community to find out what they would like to see there. We’re very enthusiastic about the project,” he said.

The reaction from Arrowhead residents has been mixed, he said, but Vail Resorts developers have been working with homeowners on the plans. The company hopes to break ground on the project some time next year.

Residents are still working on the deal with Vail Resorts, said Teri LeBeau, president of Arrowhead’s homeowners association.

“We’re still working through the benefits and concerns for (residents and Vail Resorts). We just hope we can come to some agreement that will bring benefit to the community,” she said.

A condominium project might mean the end of free skier parking at Arrowhead. The parking lot where the project would be built currently has 260 spaces open to skiers.

The lot is steps away from the mountain and Arrow Bahn chairlift.

Brekka said he is not sure if Vail Resorts will start charging for the new underground parking lot, which will have the same number of parking spaces.

“We haven’t settled on a charge. If there’s a fee, it’ll be nominal, but it’s too early to say anything for sure,” he said.

Either way, parking will be very limited during construction of the project, although the company does plan to keep a small amount of the parking open during that time.

Some local residents aren’t too pleased with the prospect of losing one of the last free winter parking lots in the area.

“We really would like to see the parking available there for skiers. I’d prefer that the parking there remain free forever,” said Edwards resident Doris Dewton from the Berry Creek Metro District.

Cordillera resident Emilie Egan said she is worried the parking lot will not get built along with the project.

“It’s not going to happen. Vail Resorts was never held to any of its parking obligations (in other projects) ” ever,” she said.

Winter parking problems are bad enough, and eliminating any parking isn’t a good idea, she said.

“It’s not going to change if you want people to ski. What are we going to do? Keep people from getting to the mountain?” she said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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