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What’s going up in Vail

VAIL ” Vail’s construction season began in earnest when the lifts stopped running earlier this week. Town streetscape projects have started, while private projects continue as part of Vail’s “billion-dollar renewal.” Here’s a project-by-project update:

– Crews will demolish the retaining wall at the Lodge at Vail Promenade (at the Squash Blossom and other stores) at East Gore Creek Drive. Nearby work includes the expansion of Sweet Basil and Emata.

– Streetscape work at Gore Creek Promenade (at Blu’s restaurant and other stores) will start at the stairs and move west. Work will include installation of a snowmelt system and utility work. Sidewalks will stay open.

– Work on Mill Creek Chute and Hanson Ranch Road has begun near Vail Realty.

The replacement of the snowmelt system at the entrance of the village parking structure is under way, requiring detours in the structure. Cars must use the exit as both an entrance and exit during the work, which is scheduled to end July 1. Due to the narrow detour, large vehicle should park on top of the village structure or in the Lionshead structure, said John Gallegos with the town of Vail.

The tower cranes should be removed within the next month, said John Maleta, superintendent for Shaw Construction. Crews are finishing up concrete work and are starting work on the exterior of the building, Maleta said.

The Vail Plaza Hotel and Club is between the frontage road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The project includes 100 hotel rooms, 38 timeshares ” each with between one and four bedrooms ” two restaurants and a spa. The restaurants will be DaVinci, an Italian restaurant, and Milano, a casual restaurant. The building is expected to be completed in December, and construction began in November 2004.

Workers are finishing up the exterior of the building, said Craig McPeek of the Weitz Company. Scaffolding should come down in the next several weeks, he said. Work on streetscape and curbs and gutters will start soon, he said, as will insulation and drywall work.

The building will have 12 timeshares, 10 condos, two spas and an outdoor pool. On the first floor will be a store called Market Place on Meadow Drive, which will have a cafeteria, a bakery, a market, a sweet shop, a wine bar and a liquor store. Work began in January 2005, and no completion date is set, said developer Bob McNichols. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village.

Streetscape work has begun on the Sonnenalp’s property adjacent to its expansion. Landscaping work will start in about a week and a half, said Steve Kelsey of the Weitz Company. The town will start its streetscape work on East Meadow Drive on May 8. Work continues on the Swiss Chalet restaurant inside the addition.

Construction began in April 2005 and is supposed to be completed June 15. The expansion includes 41 hotel rooms ” which are already being used by guests ” offices, underground parking and the restaurant. The Sonnenalp is on Vail Road at the corner of East Meadow Drive.

Construction has begun on exterior work for the FirstBank building on Vail Road. Workers will be adding stone veneer and redoing landscaping, said Judy Sanford of Floyd Custom Builders. Work began last week and will continue until the middle of August, she said. No weekend work is planned.

Work started Tuesday on utility improvements on Vail Road near the Lodge at Vail and Checkpoint Charlie for Vail Resorts’ Front Door project. Work should be completed May 19, said Doug Thompson of Hyder Construction. The project includes work on storm sewers, water lines and sewer lines.

Excavation will begin in early June on the Four Seasons. Shoring will take four to five months, said David Brooks of The John Hardy Group, and the first concrete is expected to be poured in October.

The building will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. It’s supposed to be completed in 2008. The Four Seasons will be just southwest of the main Vail roundabout.

The Alpenrose restaurant in Vail Village is set to reopen the first week of June, said Bonnie Havlik of Havlik Real Estate. Workers are finishing up interior work, she said. Construction began last November. The restaurant will have new floors and booths.

Streetscape work has begun, starting with utility work on the west end of the Lionshead Mall. Workers are doing mechanical and plumbing work on the building site.

The building began in April and is slated to be completed by late 2007. The Arrabelle will have 67 condos and a 36-room hotel. The building is on the site of the old gondola building in Lionshead.

Workers are framing the last of the units, and are doing interior work in six of the units, said Paul Witt of Vail Resorts Development Company.

There are 16 townhouses, each with four or five bedrooms. All have been sold. Vail Resorts Development Company hopes to finish the first homes by late spring. The entire project should be done by the end of the year, and the project began in late 2004. The Gore Creek Place townhouses are alongside Gore Creek behind the Vail Marriott in Lionshead.

Workers are finishing concrete foundation work and are moving ahead with steel work, said Tony Faulhaber, project manager for Viele Construction. Framing will begin in the next two weeks, he said. Workers will make sure the rec path adjacent to the project will be open by Memorial Day, Faulhaber said.

Construction work began in October and is expected to be completed by February of 2007. The project will have 13 condos. It is just west of the Aria Spa and Club building of the Cascade Resort and Spa, on the site of the old “ruins.”

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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