Hotels, housing and shops on Vail’s wishlist |

Hotels, housing and shops on Vail’s wishlist

VAIL ” Developer Peter Knobel isn’t waiting for the townwide vote on his controversial Crossroads proposal before he throws his hat in the ring for another big Vail development.

His company has told the town that it is interested in redeveloping the Lionshead parking structure.

“We’re formulating our plan at this time,” Knobel said.

At least six other developers want to redevelop the garage as well, the town of Vail said Monday.

The developers include Avon-based East West Partners and the Vail-based Cope Company, which is run by Lodge Tower General Manager Stan Cope.

Three other potential developers are from Texas, and one is from New York. There is possibly an eighth interested developer whose e-mail was bounced when it tried to respond by the Friday deadline, Vail spokeswoman Suzanne Silverthorn said.

The town launched a request for proposals for the 6.6-acre, town-owned site of the Lionshead parking garage, which was built in 1981. The town wants additional parking, hotel rooms, employee housing and retail. The town also said it would “entertain ideas” for meeting, event or conference facilities.

The site also includes the charter bus lot, which was the proposed site for a publicly funded conference center that was shot down by voters in November.

The redevelopment candidates must now submit an overview of their plans and qualifications by June 29.

Knobel would not discuss any specific ideas for the Lionshead garage property.

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