Parking, employee housing are road blocks for Keystone improvements
February 10, 2008
KEYSTONE ” A Summit County planning department staff report suggests 905 parking spots would be displaced by the buildout of the Mountain House area. Vail Resorts is looking at re-engineering existing lots and adding new spaces to meet the county’s no-net-loss policy.
The staff report also indicates the 588 new multi-family units would generate a need for 176.5 new full-time equivalent employees.
The 48,000 square feet of commercial density would generate another 166 full-time employees. Altogether, the plan could result in the need for 137 new employee housing units.
According to the staff report, Vail Resorts expects to meet those needs with an affordable housing project slated for the Wintergreen neighborhood, with more potential for employee housing in the Lakeside neighborhood.
Any impacts to parking and employee housing should be addressed early in the process, County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said.
Rules for parking and employee housing are set forth in county regulations, and Keystone will remain in full compliance with those requirements throughout the redevelopment process, said Vail Resorts vice president Alex Iskenderian, who manages the company’s development projects at Keystone and Breckenridge.
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As envisioned, some parking would remain at the Mountain House. Iskenderian said the resort could expand the Tenderfoot and Montezuma lots to make up for lost spaces. The Powerline lot, along Montezuma Road near the Ski Tip neighborhood, could also come into play, he added.