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Vail Resorts submits new Ever Vail application

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Rendering courtesy of Vail ResortsThis Ever Vail sketch shows the gondola plaza area of the project.

VAIL, Colorado –Vail Resorts’ proposed $1 billion Ever Vail project has been generally out of sight in recent months, but that doesn’t mean the project is stalling.

In fact, Tom Miller, the project manager, said Vail Resorts Development Company has been working on the Ever Vail more in recent months than it has in the two years the project has been in the pipeline.

The company resubmitted its Ever Vail application to the town of Vail Wednesday – the first of many, many steps to come in the approval process.

Major changes to the new application include the site of the Glen Lyon office building, which Vail Resorts Development Company is in the process of buying, as well as plans for a 13,000-square-foot facility where the Vail Recreation District would house children’s programs.

There’s also a new outdoor amphitheater planned, 4,000-square-feet of meeting room space and a children’s ski school area.

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Town staff and Vail Resorts Development Company officials meet today as part of their ongoing weekly meetings about the project, said Kristin Williams, Vail Resorts Development Company spokeswoman.

The town is continuing to break the Ever Vail project up into increments when discussing it, said Town Manager Stan Zemler. He said the town has identified the major components, like parking, employee housing and the transportation center proposed for Ever Vail, and wants to review them one at a time.

“There are a number of complex and challenging issues that need some time and attention prior to moving the whole thing forward,” Zemler said.

At least three of the four new Vail Town Council members are familiar with the project – two of Tuesday’s elected members, Kevin Foley and Kim Newbury, were incumbents, and one new member, Susie Tjossem, has seen the project as a Planning and Environmental Commission member.

The Colorado Department of Transportation met with Vail Resorts and the Federal Highway Administration Wednesday to talk about realigning South Frontage Road. The agency gave some minor comments about the design and engineering, and now Vail Resorts will work on submitting more detailed plans, he said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Frontage Road approval likely wouldn’t come before the spring of 2010, Williams said.

Williams said the Planning and Environmental Commission’s first review of the resubmitted application is Dec. 14, and the company expects the process to take the next eight to10 months after that, she said.

The very earliest the Frontage Road realignment construction could begin is the spring of 2011, Williams said. That would take a year, and Ever Vail construction could begin by the spring of 2012.

“That truly is realistic,” WIlliams said.

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