Keystone plans reviewed at community meeting
summit daily news
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Keystone is abuzz this spring, as Vail Resorts begins to move ahead with several significant developments at the resort, including replacement of the River Run gondola and an associated condo-hotel project at the River Run base area.
Construction of the new gondola terminal is already well under way. The base-area loading station will be relocated across the Snake River, closer to the commercial and residential center of River Run.
“The gondola finishes one-half of the plaza, and One River Run will finish the other half,” said Vail Resorts vice president of development Alex Iskenderian. “It will be the nicest product at Keystone,” Iskenderian said, explaining that Vail Resorts already has county site plan approval for the project.
The high level of community interest in the Keystone developments was reflected by the turnout at Wednesday’s meeting of the Keystone Citizens League.
“We had more than 70 people. We had to get extra chairs,” said Amir Pambechy, director and president of the citizens league. “There were a lot of people from around the county that I’ve never seen before,” Pambechy said.
Along with the new gondola, Iskenderian said that, if all goes well, Vail Resorts could start marketing a planned Rock Resorts Condo-hotel as soon as next Christmas.
Depending on the economy, development of the 4.8 acre One River Run property on what is now the Hunki Dori parking lot could begin a year from now. Iskenderian cautioned that there are still some hurdles, but said Vail Resorts is working toward that schedule.
“A lot of people are excited about One River Run,” Pambechy said, describing it as an “elegant, exclusive” project. Pambechy said the timing is right for new development at Keystone, given a shrinking inventory of properties at the resort.
As described in preliminary documents submitted to the Summit County planning department, One River Run would consist of about 183 properties, ranging from studios to four-bedroom condos. The project would be built in three phases and includes a ski rental shop, ski school facilities and a spa.
Resort officials and county staff also discussed the preliminary plans for redevelopment of the Mountain House base area, a project that involves a major amendment to the resort’s master plan for that neighborhood.
The county and resort discusssed the Mountain House plan in a work session recently, focusing on employee and affordable housing. Vail Resorts officials will meet with county staff during the next few weeks to decide how to proceed. The Mountain House project has not yet been formally submitted to the county.
County assistant manager Thad Noll also discussed plans to improve the recpath in the Keystone area this summer, targeting an early completion for rebuilding a section around the golf course and the resort’s administration building.
Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at email@example.com.
For more information on the One River Run project, go to the Summit County government web site at http://www.co.summit.co.us/Planning/CurrentProjects and click on the One River Run link.
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