EAGLE COUNTY — There used to
be two seasons in Eagle County: winter and construction.
That old saw isn’t really
true any more — building through the winter requires only the sufficient
application of money. Still, spring is when projects tend to get started, or
begun in earnest.
Make no mistake, this story is going to miss something, perhaps a few somethings. But here’s a look at, with luck, most of the projects that are either under
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According to county planner
Ben Gerdes, here’s what’s either under construction or ready to roll in
unincorporated Eagle County. All of these are in Edwards.
• 6 West: This project has
120 apartment units. The town of Vail has purchased a number of deed
restrictions at the site, and Eagle County helped the developers (with water
• Stillwater: This
development will create 21 affordable housing units for Eagle River Water &
Sanitation District employees.
• Fox Hollow: This project of
87 units has been approved, but construction hasn’t begun.
• Most Edwards residents have already noticed
There’s a lot going on in
Avon, particularly in the realm of public projects. Interim Town Manager
Preston Neill sent a fairly extensive list topped by one substantial private
• Colorado World Resorts: The project, just east of the Ascent condos, is an 81-unit condo project.
Public projects include:
• Road work: This year’s work
includes street resurfacing and maintenance.
• A potential project is the
construction of on-street parking along West Benchmark Road from Avon Station
to Mikaela Way.
• A trail will be built from
Riverfront Lane to the Eagle Valley Trail near Lake Street.
• The town will install
concrete sidewalk on West Beaver Creek Road across the railroad right of way.
• Beaver Creek Boulevard
streetscape improvement work will resume on April 15. The project will at times
require temporary lane closures or one-way traffic.
• Avon Whitewater Park repair project: The park is now under renovation. Work includes maintenance to three whitewater features near the Avon Road bridge. The features need to be updated to make them more effective for kayakers and other boaters. The work includes relocating and resetting about 550 tons of boulders in the channel. The project is expected to be finished by the end of March.
• Nottingham Road debris flow study and implementation: After large rain storms, the runoff moves large amounts of mud and debris onto Nottingham Road, overwhelming the ditches and closing the road. The project has included a study analyzing the drainage and proposing remediation options. Work will be done this year, which will reduce the amount of sediment on the road.
In the public sphere, the
town has a handful of active and continuing projects. Eagle Town Manager Brandy
Reitter sent a list:
• A new water treatment plant — scheduled to go online in September of 2020 — will expand the town’s potable water supply by 2.5 million gallons per day in the first phase. Future expansion could add another 2.5 million gallons per day to the capacity. The town’s current capacity is 4.3 million gallons per day.
• The Eagle River Park,
funded by a voter-approved sales tax, has a scheduled grand opening of May 24. In-stream work is complete on
the park, with “upland park” construction going on now.
• The town is working on
plans to redevelop the Grand Avenue corridor, with economic development in
mind. The plan has been made more feasible by the U.S. Highway “devolution,”
which passed responsibility for the highway from the Colorado Department of
Transportation to the towns of Eagle and Gypsum.
In the private realm, there
are three big projects currently being evaluated.
• The Reserve at Hockett Gulch is proposed for 30 acres roughly on the southwest side of the Brush Creek Road roundabout on the west end of town. The proposal is for 500 residential units and up to 30,000 square feet of commercial space. At the project’s most recent town hearing before the Eagle Town Board, developers asked the town to waive $3 million in water fees. The town board is still reviewing the request.
• While first approved in 2014, the Haymeadow subdivision is under review by the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission. The project as proposed — roughly near the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink — would bring up to 837 dwelling units, a school parcel
• The Red Mountain Ranch
project is roughly along the Eagle River on the east side of town. Developers
are asking to annex 130 acres into town. The proposal calls for 153 residential
units and some commercial uses.That proposal is being
reviewed by the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.
There’s a lot going on in
Gypsum, both in the private and public sectors. Here’s a look at part of the
list sent by town manager Jeremy Rietmann:
• The most notable public project is the Cooley Mesa Road roundabout. That work has begun in earnest, and people who use the road can expect some delays and detours.
• Improvements to the “broken
bridge” adjacent to the Rittenhouse building. Work may include cosmetic work,
picnic tables, a fence, grading the parking area and acquisition of an easement
for boat ramp parking.
• The town is working on redevelopment and site design for the property at the Interstate 70 interchange. The town recently purchased the Gypsum Grill property and is working with the owner of both the Shell station and an adjacent land owner on planning for the property.
• The town this year will
install a small hydroelectric plant capable of powering about 100 homes. The
town will sell the power produced to Holy Cross Energy.
• The town is working with
the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to provide additional
camping options west of Gypsum along the Eagle River, and at the town-owned LEDE
Private development projects
• Improvements at the River
Dance RV Resort.
• Residential projects at
Mountain Gateway and Siena Lake.
• The town is working with land owner Scott Green on an annexation plan for his property at the base of Cottonwood Pass. The proposal is to split the 36-acre parcel into 10 residential lots.
• The town is also working on
a proposal by Eagle County Schools and Habitat for Humanity for 12 units in six
buildings. The project is near Red Hill Elementary School.
At this point, the major private projects are both under construction: the Solar Vail apartments and the Mountain View Residences, which will combine both condos and free-market rental units to a site just east of the Vail Village parking structure.
There’s a long list of public
• Interstate 70 Exit 180
• Bridge Road bridge
• Bridge Road boat launch.
• Roundabout lighting
replacement in West Vail.
• Stephens Park safety
• Slifer Fountain replacement
in Vail Village.
• Lionshead lower stair
replacement near Moe’s Bar B Que.
• Vail Transit Center bus
• Gore Valley Trail bridge
repairs near the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District offices.
• Building a shelter at Ford Park.
Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at email@example.com or 970-748-2930.