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Vail’s Timber Ridge needs lots of work

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyHipolito Hermosillo paints new doors for Timber Ridge apartments at the complex Monday.
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VAIL ” Bowed and leaky roofs, loose railings and missing floorboards are detailed in a new report on Vail’s aging Timber Ridge complex.

Over the next seven years, the town-owned complex needs almost $2.5 million in repairs, but town officials are planning to build a new Timber Ridge that would house twice as many people.

For Brock Glover, who just moved out of Timber Ridge, demolition can’t come fast enough.

“Depressing is what it is,” Glover said. “I don’t want to tell people that I live here.”

His kitchen was moldy, his carpet torn up and boards popped out of decks when stepped on. Glover and his roommate decided to live in a tent for the summer so they could save money for a nicer apartment next winter. The tent beats out Timber Ridge, he said.

The report says the town must fix decks, landings, rails, fencing and walkways in order to keep the complex livable. That’s supposed to cost $194,000. By next summer, the town plans to fix roofing and windows at a cost of $302,000.

Rafters are “visibly bowed” on all of the stairway roofs, the report says, and windows are in “very poor condition,” with some panes dropped out. On decks and landings, floorboards are missing or failing.

One woman, who did not want to give her name, said Monday that every time it rains, water drips into her first-floor apartment.

The complex, built in 1981, is the town’s largest rental complex, with a capacity of 800 people. Vail Resorts leases almost all of the units during the winter to house its employees.

The town bought the complex in 2003 for $20 million to keep affordable housing on the 10 acres on the north side of the interstate. Mold was removed from the complex after the town bought it.

The council knew renovation was necessary, said Greg Moffet, a councilman since 1999.

Moffet should be rebuilt “as soon as possible,” though he isn’t pinning his hopes on the current proposal, from a Texas developer.

“It’s not unlivable, but it ain’t the Ritz,” Moffet said of the current Timber Ridge.

New affordable housing should be nice, Moffet said. For instance, at Middle Creek, tenants have some of the best views in the valley, he said.

Still, some residents think Timber Ridge is an all right place to live. Daniela Darilova of Slovakia is living there for a couple of months while working a summer job at a local hotel.

“It’s fine,” she said. “It’s cheap.”

She has a lot of friends in the complex, which she said has a fun, college-like atmosphere.

Patrick Randall of Jamaica, who works at a local restaurant, said the inside of his apartment is nice, but the outside could use some work.

“It just needs a little more care,” he said. “It just needs a little touch-up.”

The town is negotiating with Dallas developer Open Hospitality Group/Hillwood Capital, which wants to rebuild Timber Ridge as part of its plan to redevelop the Lionshead parking structure into condos, timeshares, hotels, a conference center, stores, restaurants, a bus hub and even more parking.

The town is now finalizing the “developer agreement” between the town and the developer.

“I think the town wants it to happen, and it needs to happen,” said Mark Masinter, part of the Open/Hillwood development team. “You have a major shortage of pillows, and with more pillows and a nicer environment, you can attract and retain more employees.”

Masinter’s group is proposing to rebuild Timber Ridge with 312 four-bedroom apartments and 167 for-sale, deed-restricted condos. That would more than double the number of people living there.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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