Council reviews Caverns hotel plans
By Greg MasséPost Independent StaffGLENWOOD SPRINGS – Updated plans for a new 72-room hotel and restaurant at the base of the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be presented to City Council tonight. The 60-foot-tall hotel is slated to be built on the parcel just west of the tram base and east of the Land Rover dealership. “The insides are nice,” city planner Patti Haefeli said. “It will have a grand little plaza and a staircase.”Development permits already have been approved for the hotel. Tonight’s hearing is the developer’s attempt to have some of those plans amended. “The applicant made additional modifications and improvements,” Haefeli said. Those improvements include a more attractive exterior, more windows and an awning.”It’s a log fascia, rustic timbers and a stone fascia,” Haefeli said. “It will also have an indoor pool with a slide.”The hotel developers also decided to do away with their plan for 10,000 square feet of retail space, and the number of parking spaces were nearly doubled from the original plan. Sketches of the hotel show that it will be called AmericInn at the Caverns.Established in 1984, AmericInn is based in Chanhassen, Minn., and has more than 180 properties in 20 states.If council approves the modifications, hotel owner Steve Carver – who owns the Hotel Denver and popular Glenwood Canyon Brewpub – hopes to break ground some time this fall and have it finished by next summer, Haefeli said. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the plan for the hotel on July 20 with no major public opposition, Haefeli said. Steve Carver did not return phone calls seeking comment on the hotel. Also on the agenda, City Council will:• Make a proclamation of appreciation to outgoing city manager Mike Copp. • Congratulate Eagle Scout Michael Corson. • Discuss the fund-raiser and other funding sources for the Community Center’s aquatic center. • Adopt a new Community Center fee structure. • Discuss the possibility of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority selling its rails for salvage. • Consider an intergovernmental agreement to help fund a Garfield County emergency manager position. • Consider a resolution that would set the title and content for three November ballot questions. • Receive the first draft of the 2005 municipal budget. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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