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Booth Heights parcel value set at $17.51 million ahead of Oct. 3 meeting on next steps

September 19, 2023, 7:00 pm

The Town of Vail on Tuesday issued the following press release on its condemnation of Vail Resorts’ Booth Heights property:

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A three-person commission appointed by the Eagle County District Court has determined the value of the 23-acre Booth Heights property to be $17,519,985. The number represents $16,519,985 for Lot 1, the 5-acre housing parcel; and $1 million for Tract A, the 18-acre Natural Area Preservation parcel. The determination was the result of a five-day valuation hearing, followed by an additional five days of deliberations that took place as part of the process by which the Town of Vail may acquire the property through eminent domain.  

The Vail Town Council is scheduled to discuss the matter during its Oct. 3 regular evening meeting which begins at 6 p.m. The agenda and additional information, including potential funding sources, will be posted at www.vailgov.com/government/town-council/council-agendas-meeting-materials on or before Sept. 29. The item will include opportunity for public comment. Community input can also be provided in advance of the meeting by emailing publicinput.vailtowncouncil@vail.gov.   

If the town decides to proceed with the acquisition of the property, it will owe the value determined by the commission, and may also have to pay reasonable costs and attorney fees decided by the court. Funds are anticipated to come from a combination of Real Estate Transfer Tax dollars, capital project deferrals, town reserves, savings in the town’s General Fund, a potential donation from the Eagle County Open Space Fund, and private fundraising contributions. 

The town may also decide not to acquire the property. In that case, the town would abandon the condemnation effort and return the property to Vail Resorts. Costs and fees could still be owed. 

Located in East Vail on the north side of Interstate 70, between the Booth Creek and Pitkin Creek drainages, Booth Heights, which for decades was thought to belong to the Colorado Department of Transportation, is owned by Vail Resorts. The Town of Vail has determined the property is essential for the preservation of its open space, wildlife and natural resources. Specifically, the parcel has been identified as critical winter habitat to the Vail bighorn sheep herd, one of the last two remaining native herds in Colorado. State wildlife experts have determined that development on this site would threaten the survival of this herd.  

Starting in 2020, the town attempted to acquire the Booth Heights parcel voluntarily through multiple offers and options to relocate the homes proposed on the site. The Residences at Main Vail, which includes 72 deed-restricted rental homes at the main entrance to Vail, opened earlier this month. The development was originally conceived with input from Vail Resorts before they withdrew their participation, and was built as an intended replacement for the Booth Heights project.  

In the spring of 2022, the town council voted to acquire the Booth Heights property through eminent domain. Since then, continued negotiations throughout the condemnation process have not resulted in an agreement. 

A community-driven fundraising effort is underway to help support protection of the Vail bighorn sheep herd. Visit https://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/support/donate to learn more. 

Additional background on the Booth Heights condemnation process can be found at www.vailgov.com/government/current-topics-projects/booth-heights-land-site-condemnation.      

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One Response to Booth Heights parcel value set at $17.51 million ahead of Oct. 3 meeting on next steps

  1. Mark Reply

    September 19, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    The Town of Vail should carry this financial burden on its own instead of looking to Eagle County for a bailout and the County Commissioners should remain neutral and reject the advice of the Open Space Committee. If the town doesn’t have the stomach for the cost, they can admit their mistake, give the land back and reimburse Vail Resort’s legal expenses. They should feel lucky if Vail Resorts doesn’t sue them for the difference in cost of building on the site today compared to what it would have cost two years ago.

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