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Town of Vail narrowly approves Marriott Residence Inn along with 96 deed-restricted apartments.

Vail approves unlikely hotel/workforce apartment project

Scott Miller, Vail Daily

The Marriott Residence Inn in West Vail would have 170 hotel rooms. The rest of the building would have just more than 100 apartments, most of which would be deed restricted for workforce housing.

— Not many apartments get built in the Vail Valley without some sort of government subsidy. Developer Peter Dumon may buck that trend.

The Vail Town Council voted 4-3 Feb. 21 to approve a 170-suite Marriott Residence Inn and 102 apartments, 96 of them deed-restricted for workers, on the site of the former 2-acre site of the Roost Lodge in West Vail.

The deed-restricted apartments would be leased only to long-term renters who work at a town of Vail-licensed business at least 30 hours per week — averaged throughout the course of a year.

None of the apartments will be available for short-term rentals.

The affordable units were a late addition to the project — added to the plan in 2016, after Dumon spoke to Vail Local Housing Authority Chairman Steve Lindstrom.

Before that conversation, the project had been previously approved for a hotel only on the site.

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In an interview early this year, Dumon said his firm had been weeks away from starting construction on the hotel-only project when the change of plans came about.

#LetMeLive in Vail

Formally, the town council approved the development by special ordinance to create what the town calls a “special development district” on the property. That designation allows the project to exceed some of the town’s zoning regulations.

The developers also launched a public relations campaign with a Twitter account and website, LetMeLiveInVail.com.

Dominic Mauriello, the Eagle-based planner for the project, said that website drew a good bit of favorable attention and resulted in as many as 90 letters or postcards of support sent to the council.

Supporters, included both local chambers of commerce, Vail Valley Medical Center and other business interests, as well as residents who said they’re willing to pay the estimated $1,500-per-month rent for a one-bedroom unit.

Council members also heard from a number of opponents, including several people who live in a condo building directly behind the proposed hotel.

Editor’s note:

As local governments and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority search for the most effective means of boosting the inventory of workforce housing here, Steamboat Today is running a series of articles published by its sibling papers in nearby mountain towns.

The intent is to call out strategies already in place in nearby ski towns, as well as the challenges they continue to face.

The latest installment describes a nationally trademarked hotel development in Vail that will also create 96 long-term rental apartments for area workers.

By the numbers:

170: Proposed hotel rooms at a Marriott Residence Inn in West Vail.

102: Apartments in the plan.

96: Apartments would be deed restricted to people working in Vail.

331: Underground parking spaces.