Valley in Brief: Open house will focus on municipal redevelopment |

Valley in Brief: Open house will focus on municipal redevelopment

Daily staff reportsnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Redevelopment plans for the Town of Vail Municipal Site will be presented during an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 South Frontage Road. Adjacent property owners and other interested community members are encouraged to attend. The town has been working with its development partners on plans for construction of a new municipal building adjacent to the existing police department wing, as well as construction of a medical office building on the site.The open house, sponsored by the town’s Community Development Department, will be used to collect public comments on topics ranging from site planning to architectural design options. Oz Architecture, the firm retained by the town to design the new municipal building, also will be available to answer questions. Representatives from the medical community, represented by Triumph Development, also will be on hand.In addition to Monday’s open house, upcoming development-review meetings will include other opportunities for public comment, with sessions held in the Town Council Chambers as follows:• Monday, 1 p.m.: Work session with the Planning & Environmental Commission.• Monday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Public open house in Vail Town Council Chambers.• Tuesday: Update to the Vail Town Council.• May 21: Work session with the Planning & Environmental Commission.• June 5: Update to the Vail Town Council.The redevelopment project has been contemplated since May 2011, when the town was approached by leaders of Vail Valley Medical Center, the Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute with a proposal to address the growing needs of its medical facilities which have become landlocked. With the town’s aging municipal complex nearing the end of its useful life, the prospect of redevelopment has been supported by the Town Council because of its long-term economic and civic benefits.The Town Council has approved the sale of a portion of the municipal site to Vail Valley Medical Center and the Steadman Clinic to help facilitate the expansion.

VAIL, Colorado – Fix up your Phonix, master your McNasty, or simply learn to surf. Beginning this week, the town of Vail is sponsoring free kayak demos Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. through June 19 at the Vail Whitewater Park, located beneath the International Bridge in the Gore Creek Promenade.The demos are presented by Alpine Kayak School, where instructors and professional kayakers will be on hand to demonstrate the best of freestyle kayaking to spectators and those just learning to surf. Participants in the demo also will have free access to all of the latest 2012 freestyle kayaks.Participants in the demo are asked to maintain an intermediate level of kayaking and be comfortable with repetitive rolling. Beginner kayakers can find their place in one of Alpine Kayak’s beginner kayaking lessons going out on a daily basis.For questions, call Alpine Quest Sports/Alpine Kayak in Edwards at 970-926-3867 or visit

AVON, Colorado – The Avon Police Department will participate with other local law enforcement agencies in carrying the Special Olympics torch across Eagle County on Tuesday. The torch will be transferred to an Avon police officer at Interstate 70 mile marker 168 near Wal-Mart from participants with the Vail Police Department and then carried through to mile marker 165.5, where it will be handed to a deputy from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run helps raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. For more information on the Special Olympics Torch Run, call the Avon Police Department at 970-748-4040.