Ever Vail was going to bring a lot to Vail. It’s uncertain now what the future holds for the roughly 12-acre property owned by Vail Resorts.
Key town approvals have expired for the property between Lionshead and Cascade Village, and any new development will have to start essentially from scratch.
The biggest missed milestone was relocating South Frontage Road. A key to the project was routing the road around the north side of Vail Resorts’ shops, which sit between the frontage road and Interstate 70. The deadline to have that job done was Dec. 31, 2020.
Byrne noted that Vail’s economy has become a bit more stable over the years. Activity today is spread out beyond former peak periods in the summer and winter, he noted. Having year-round housing for people working in that economy means providing quality housing for those people.
While there’s nothing on the publicly-known drawing board at the moment, Byrne said the property itself is “wonderful.” And, for now, it remains empty.