Developer kills plan for Crossroads
Vail Village building will remain for the foreseeable future
A developer has shelved plans to renovate Vail's Crossroads
building. Opponents complained about the height of the proposed
building, which would have included a movie theater,
condominiums and a bowling alley.
Town of Vail/Special to the Daily
August 8, 2005
VAIL — A
new Crossroads is dead.
Developer Peter Knobel Monday informed town
officials he is withdrawing his proposal for a new Crossroads. Knobel
said the 1970s-vintage building will stand indefinitely.
“It’s not for sale. It’s never for sale,” said
Knobel, the sole owner of the building.
The Vail Town Council voted against Knobel’s latest
proposal at its Aug. 2 meeting, and planned to talk to Knobel at a work
session Aug. 16 about revising the project.
Council members who opposed Knobel’s design
continued to object to the building’s height. At its tallest point, the
building would have risen 113 feet from the plaza along East Meadow
Knobel said a unanimous recommendation from the
town’s planning commission in April should have erased those worries,
especially following a meeting in June.
“The council asked for some changes,” Knobel said.
“We made them, and we thought we were there.”
last Crossroads proposal
• 68 condos
• 60,000 square feet of retail space
• Three-screen movie theater
• 10-lane bowling alley
• 30,000 square foot plaza
through two hearings that lasted more than four hours each, critics
continued to hammer the proposal as too big and not in keeping with the
“human scale” of Vail Village.
One of the most vocal critics is Joe Staufer,
former owner of the Vail Village Inn hotel and developer of the Village
Inn Plaza shops and condominiums.
“That’s good news,” Staufer said when he learned
Knobel had pulled his application. “I hope he comes back in with
something that makes sense to him, and makes sense for the community.”
But, Knobel said, there isn’t going to be another
plan. “This is the plan we worked out with the staff and the planning
commission,” Knobel said. “This is the plan we have.”
At some point, Knobel might re-submit the plan.
When that might be is anyone’s guess.
“It might be another 10 years,” said Dominic
Mauriello, Knobel’s lead planner on the project.
The news of the new Crossroads’ demise was a
disappointment to Bob McNichols, the developer of the One Willow Bridge
Road project across the street.
“It was a good project,” he said. “It seemed like
he got a lot of support in town. I was hopeful they’d get together Aug.
16 and work something out. I thought they’d come to some sort of
For McNichols, the prospect of a delay on a new
Crossroads means people who buy the condos at his project will face
roughly two years of construction work right across the street some time
in the future.
When, or if, the project is built, it will also
take a lot of goods and services out of the village for two years or
“Our street front will be a market place,”
McNichols said. “But it won’t fill the missing theater, the galleries or
For now, though, Crossroads is as it has been.
“It just stays what it is,” Knobel said.
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at
949-0555, ext. 613, or