|Board ready to go on
Board says another model isn't needed
The latest proposal for the
Crossroads complex includes condos, a bowling alley, a movie
theater, a public plaza, restaurants and retail space.
Special to the Daily
January 9, 2006
VAIL - Vail's planning board wants to vote on the
Crossroads complex quickly.
The Planning and Environmental Commission voted Monday to table the
Crossroads project until Jan. 23, but members said they don't need
more information, more models or more meetings.
The board is making a recommendation on the
redevelopment of the Crossroads complex in Vail Village. Developer
Peter Knobel wants to build condos, a plaza, a movie theater, a
bowling alley, restaurants and retail space on the site of the
Knobel resubmitted a proposal in December after he pulled a plan off
the table in August, when the council voted against it. The new
proposal is smaller than the one that the planning commission saw in
April. After the planning board makes its recommendation, the project
will go to the Town Council again.
On Monday, the town said a physical model of Crossroads and the
surrounding buildings was necessary to evaluate it. That could have
taken six to eight weeks. But commission members said they wanted to
move forward with the project.
"One of the concerns I heard from council is that we move
expeditiously," said Bill Jewitt, a member of the commission.
Commission member David Viele said there's a limit to how much you can
keep asking of developers before they get through approvals.
But Jim Lamont of the Vail Village Homeowners
Association said the Crossroads proposal should be treated as others
that have been required to provide a physical model of the
"It's inherently unfair when an applicant refuses to deliver a tool
that staff thinks is important," he said.
The commission will seek to forward a recommendation to council at its
Jan. 23 meeting.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or