Board ready to go on Crossroads

Board says another model isn't needed

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The latest proposal for the Crossroads complex includes condos, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a public plaza, restaurants and retail space.
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Edward Stoner
January 9, 2006

VAIL - Vail's planning board wants to vote on the Crossroads complex quickly.

The Planning and Environmental Commission voted Monday to table the Crossroads project until Jan. 23, but members said they don't need more information, more models or more meetings.

The board is making a recommendation on the redevelopment of the Crossroads complex in Vail Village. Developer Peter Knobel wants to build condos, a plaza, a movie theater, a bowling alley, restaurants and retail space on the site of the Crossroads building.

Knobel resubmitted a proposal in December after he pulled a plan off the table in August, when the council voted against it. The new proposal is smaller than the one that the planning commission saw in April. After the planning board makes its recommendation, the project will go to the Town Council again.

On Monday, the town said a physical model of Crossroads and the surrounding buildings was necessary to evaluate it. That could have taken six to eight weeks. But commission members said they wanted to move forward with the project.

"One of the concerns I heard from council is that we move expeditiously," said Bill Jewitt, a member of the commission. Commission member David Viele said there's a limit to how much you can keep asking of developers before they get through approvals.

But Jim Lamont of the Vail Village Homeowners Association said the Crossroads proposal should be treated as others that have been required to provide a physical model of the neighborhood.

"It's inherently unfair when an applicant refuses to deliver a tool that staff thinks is important," he said.

The commission will seek to forward a recommendation to council at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or

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