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VR: Ever Vail on track

Special to the Daily/Vail ResortsThe $1 billion "green" Ever Vail village would be built in West Lionshead, just west of the Vail Marriott and east of the Cascade. It would have a gondola, shown at left, up Vail Mountain.

VAIL ” Despite a withdrawal of a rezoning application, the Ever Vail project remains on track, Vail Resorts said Wednesday.

“The project is not stalled at all,” said spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga. “We just withdrew the zoning application because we want to work with the town staff to find the right time for the discussion. … We’re as committed as ever to the project.”

Ever Vail is a $1 billion “green” ski village planned for West Lionshead that would include a gondola, a public parking garage, a hotel, condos, stores and restaurants. Vail Resorts withdrew an application Tuesday to rezone land where the Vail Professional Building and Cascade Crossing are.

Ladyga declined to say why this wasn’t “the right time” but said it could be this fall. The company continues to work on other facets of the approval process, including the permission from the Colorado Department of Transportation to realign the frontage road, she said.

Town Manager Stan Zemler said he encouraged Vail Resorts to withdraw the application so issues such as parking and building sizes could be studied in greater detail.

“It’s pretty clear there was a lot to learn about Ever Vail,” he said. “It was probably premature. … It’s a huge development project, and there are a lot of issues.”

Ever Vail could be the single biggest development application the town ever sees, Zemler said.

Vail Resorts has said the project could start construction in summer 2009 at the earliest.

The “green” village would employ green building methods, Vail Resorts has said, such as:

– Using pine-beetle-killed trees in buildings.

– Using geothermal energy to heat sidewalks. The process would embed coils deep into the earth to bring heat to the surface and help melt snow on streets and sidewalks.

– Installing “hydro micro-turbines” in Gore Creek to power outdoor lighting.

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

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