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Wolcott: Builder envisions ‘true locals community’

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

WOLCOTT, Colorado ” The Edwards developer planning to develop Wolcott said that while there are no concrete plans for the area, he wants to turn it into a community for local, working residents.

“Our goal is to make it a true locals’ community, to do a true master plan for Wolcott,” said Rick Hermes of Hermes Resort Properties. “A picture-perfect situation for me would be to create a town that is the rule book for building this kind of community.”

The company signed a contract last week with the Jouflas family, which owns much of the land in Wolcott, to develop 2,600 acres of the area.

Hermes said it is too early to talk about definite plans, but he does want to the community to focus on the Eagle River. That will probably involve rerouting U.S. Highway 6, he said.

“Everyone always turns their back to the river, but we really and truly want to engage the Eagle River in a respectful way,” Hermes said.

The project will include all levels of affordable housing, and the company will work closely with Eagle County, which has had its eye on Wolcott for workforce housing.

County commissioners and planners said they have not discussed any plans with the developer, but hope to be involved.

“We know the desires of the community and we understand what people are looking for. We’ll have to see what the developer brings forward,” County Commissioner Sara Fisher said.

Hermes said he plans to use research already done by county staff, and housing specialists at the Urban Land Institute and RRC Associates to develop Wolcott. There will also be plenty of time for community input, he said.

“We’ve got our eyes and ears open,” said Hermes, who also lives in Wolcott.

Hermes Resort Properties is based in Edwards and has worked on neighborhoods such as Bachelor Gulch and River Ranch in Arrowhead. The company has also done resort home developments in Winter Park and Telluride, but this is the first time the company has had an “opportunity to serve locals,” Hermes said.

He compared the future Wolcott with the community of Edwards and the mountain architecture of Crested Butte.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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