Work continues on Vail projects |

Work continues on Vail projects

VAIL – Here’s an update on construction projects happening in Vail:Streetscape projectsThe town of Vail completed its fall streetscape projects last week. Projects wrapped up on East Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road. Streetscape projects will start up again the day after the mountain closes.Front Door projectExcavation work continues on the site, with trucks hauling out dirt. Excavation will continue for four to six weeks, said Jeff Haselhorst of Hyder Construction. Workers will soon set up a guard shack called “Checkpoint Harvey” to monitor construction traffic, Haselhorst said.The project is supposed to be done by 2008. Vail Resorts’ Front Door project includes a new skier services building, a private club, a new spa for the Lodge at Vail and 13 Lodge at Vail Chalets residences. The project is supposed to be done in 2008.Four SeasonsMark Reed of Layton Construction said the Four Seasons is still working on getting its groundwater removal permit and working out easement issues with neighbors. Workers are hoping to start removing groundwater in December, Reed said. The anticipated completion date is now July of 2009, Reed said.The project will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 fractional-ownership units. The Four Seasons will be just southwest of the main Vail roundabout.Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore CreekThe two westernmost buildings of Apollo Park have been torn down to make way for the project. Workers are hauling out debris and relocating utilities, said Ron Byrne, the developer. Excavation has begun, he added.The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek are being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. It will have 24 condos. Demolition should begin within the next two weeks, and construction is expected be completed by 2008.SonnenalpWorkers are finishing up a couple of retail spaces in the new addition of the Sonnenalp Resort. Luca Bruno Due is nearing completion and should open with the next couple of weeks. A second store, an antiques store called Bellisima, is scheduled to open in December.Vail Plaza Hotel and ClubThe Vail Plaza Hotel and Club is scheduled to open during President’s Week in February, said Connie Dorsey, general manager for the development. Workers are now doing interior finishes and exterior stone finishes, Dorsey said, and they will soon start installing the pool.The project is between the frontage road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The project includes 100 hotel rooms, 38 fractional-ownership units, two restaurants, a bar and a spa. The restaurants will be DaVinci, an Italian restaurant, and Galileo, a casual restaurant. Construction began in November 2004.One Willow Bridge RoadWorkers are doing interior work such as painting, trim, tiles and stone, said Todd Johnston of the Weitz Company. They just finished the pool and spa, Johnston said, and are installing handrails.Work began in January 2005, and some of the fractionals should be ready during the ski season, Johnston said. The marketplace should be ready by February, Johnston said. It has 10 condos and 12 fractional-ownership units. The marketplace will include a cafeteria, a grocery, a bakery, a sweet shop, a wine bar and a liquor store. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village.Arrabelle at Vail SquareOfficials from Vail Resorts Development Company could not be reached. According to a town of Vail update, workers are putting up scaffolding and enclosing the building.The building began in April and is slated to be completed by late 2007. The Arrabelle will have 67 condos, a 36-room hotel, stores and an ice rink. The building is on the site of the old gondola building in Lionshead.Gore Creek PlaceOfficials from Vail Resorts Development Company could not be reached. The project is supposed to be done by the end of the year, and at least 10 homes were completed as of September.There are 16 townhouses, each with four or five bedrooms. All have been sold. The project began in late 2004. The Gore Creek Place townhouses are alongside Gore Creek behind the Vail Marriott in Lionshead.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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