Workers digging big holes in Vail |

Workers digging big holes in Vail

VAIL ” When will the hammering stop? Not anytime soon. Here’s an update of the major projects in Vail.

The project is supposed to start this summer with the demolition of the Marriott parking structure. Excavation and shoring will happen through 2007, said Dave Thorpe of Vail Resorts Development Company. The project is supposed to be done by mid-2010.

The Ritz has 71 condos and 45 timeshares. Of the 71 condos, 54 are reserved.

The building will be just west of the Vail Marriott in Lionshead and just east of Vail Resorts’ new “Ever Vail” project site.

Framing work is almost done, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is ongoing, Thorpe said. Workers are focusing on the lobby, the restaurant, the meeting room and the spa. A lot of masonry work is ongoing and stucco work will start soon. Streetscape work will happen after the end of ski season.

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The Arrabelle at Vail Square has 66 condos ” all sold ” 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, stores, a loading dock and parking.

It will also have mountain-operations facilities, including locker rooms, offices, ski school and an “activities center.”

Workers have to finish some exterior work and some landscaping, Thorpe said. The project is supposed to be totally done this summer.

The project is 16 townhomes beside Gore Creek behind the Vail Marriott. Work began in late 2004.

Excavation of the site is done, Thorpe said. Workers are building the foundations for the buildings. Concrete, electrical and plumbing work continues.

The Vail Front Door project will include 13 Lodge at Vail Chalet townhomes ” all under contract ” a private club called the Vail Mountain Club, an underground parking garage, a new spa for the lodge at Vail, a new skier-services building, a new loading bay and an addition to the Lodge at Vail.

The Front Door project started last summer.

Excavation is ongoing and concrete work will begin around May, said Ron Byrne, the developer.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek are being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. It will have 24 condos. It’s supposed to be done in 2008.

Workers are digging wells to remove groundwater, said Mark Reed of Layton Construction. Excavation will start soon, he said.

The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout.

Workers are continuing with interior work and finishing up the exterior of the building, said Connie Dorsey, general manager. A lot of the plastic and scaffolding should be removed from the building within the next two weeks, he said.

A grand opening is scheduled for June 1, Dorsey said.

The project is between the frontage road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It includes 100 hotel rooms, 38 timeshares, two restaurants, a bar and a spa.

Officials from One Willow Bridge Road could not be reached. Workers are now doing interior finishes, according to the town of Vail.

The complex has 10 condos and 12 timeshares. A marketplace on the first floor is supposed to have a cafeteria, a grocery store, a wine bar and a liquor store. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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