|Rebuilding boom is
coming to West Vail
Gart Sports will be bringing
reconstruction to West Vail as well.
Shane Macomber/Vail Daily
Scott N. Miller
August 27, 2005
VAIL - Get ready for a crane migration.
With building and re-building proceeding at a fevered pace in Vail
Village and Lionshead, West Vail may be the next part of town to see a
new construction boom.
The owners of the Roost Lodge are almost ready to start the town
approval process on a new building, and the Holiday Inn in West Vail
may not be far behind. Town officials have also had preliminary talks
with The Sports Authority, the corporation that owns Gart Sports near
A spokesman for The Sports Authority didn't return a call seeking
comment, but Vail Community Development Department Director Russ
Forrest confirmed the firm's representatives have talked about a
project where the existing building sits.
Plans for the Roost may be the most fully formed.
"The plans are for a mixed use project of hotel rooms and condos per
the current zoning," Roost owner Kevin Deighan said.
Deighan didn't want to comment on specifics of the plan before
submitting it to town officials, but said it should be filed within
the next few weeks.
Plans for a new Holiday Inn are less concrete.
"We want to do hotel rooms equivalent to what we
have now, plus condos," said Mark Cervantes, who represents Bharat
Bhakta, the hotel's primary owner.
Re-building in West Vail may get ahead of town officials' desire to
create a new land use plan for the area. That plan would reflect what
the Vail Town Council would like to see built, or re-built, in West
Vail, Forrest said.
There's money in this year's town budget to create that plan, Forrest
said. But the order to create it has to come from the town council,
and that hasn't happened yet.
But, Cervantes said, his bosses aren't going to wait on town
"We agree there should be a master plan for West Vail," he said. "But
it's hard to envision they're going to have time to do that soon.
"Interest rates are good, and the time is right," Cervantes added. "We
don't want to be tied to their time frame."
One West Vail resident said it's probably inevitable that the
re-building boom would hit West Vail.
"The Holiday Inn was pretty trashy when I was there," said Mike Horn,
who lives in West Vail and used to rent retail space at the Holiday
Inn. "It's not so bad any more, but it probably needs to be replaced."
In a poke at the twists and turns of the currently
in limbo Crossroads project Horn joked that he could use a big, tall
building in front of his townhome to block the highway noise.
"But I don't think any of it will bother me," he said of re-building
plans. "I'm at work during the day."
Gart Sports: 17,000 square feet of retail space
Holiday Inn: 119 hotel rooms
Roost Lodge: 72 hotel rooms
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or