Vail strikes deal over Wendy’s |

Vail strikes deal over Wendy’s

Preston Utley/File photoWendy's closed last spring, and the town recently agreed with its owner to buy the land for $2 million. Vail plans to build a fire station and affordable housing on the site.

VAIL ” The town has a contract to buy the land on which a closed Wendy’s sits in West Vail. The town wants to build a fire station and affordable housing there.

“It’s a step forward, and it’s pretty exciting,” said Vail Fire Chief John Gulick.

The price is $2 million. The Vail Town Council will be asked to approve the purchase at its Tuesday meeting.

The Wendy’s land is adjacent to another piece of town land, the 3.6-acre the Chamonix parcel. Wendy’s closed earlier this year.

“I think it’s great,” said Kim Newbury, a Vail councilwoman. “I actually think the citizens of Vail asked in 1980-something for a fire station to be built down there. It sat on the back burner for a long time.”

Last year, the town passed a resolution of intent to condemn the land, but it never pursued the condemnation.

The town has been debating whether to build a fire station in West Vail since the early ’80s.

Last year, the town thought it was going to buy the land, but a contract fell through.

The affordable housing and the fire station were part of the plan that Vail made for the Chamonix parcel. The addition of the Wendy’s land could open up more space for other things on the site.

An ambulance station or a police substation could end up on the land, said Stan Zemler, Vail’s town manager. It might even be a good place for a permanent skateboard park, he said.

The town has budgeted $2.5 million for the fire station in 2008. That year, though, the town’s capital budget enters the red. The operating costs, including several full-time jobs, hasn’t been budgeted yet, either, Zemler said.

Right now, the response times to West Vail from the village exceed national standards, Gulick said.

Fire trucks need to get to fires within four minutes, Gulick said. Now, on a snowy day, it could take 12-14 minutes to get to parts of West Vail, he said.

“Having a West Vail station with personnel and equipment, those response times are reduced considerably,” Gulick said.

The current owner of the Wendy’s land is CNL APF Partners, a Delaware limited liability company.

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

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