Rebuilding boom is coming to West Vail
 

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Gart Sports will be bringing reconstruction to West Vail as well.
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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 McDonalds.

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 officials.

"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."



What's there:



Gart Sports: 17,000 square feet of retail space



Holiday Inn: 119 hotel rooms




Roost Lodge: 72 hotel rooms



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Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.



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