Roaring Fork Lodge construction could begin sometime this spring |

Roaring Fork Lodge construction could begin sometime this spring

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Computer Design/Roaring Fork Lodge

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Construction of the proposed Roaring Fork Lodge won’t begin until spring despite original plans to start building last year and open this fall.

Roaring Fork Lodge, LLC demolished the Sunlight Racquet Club last November to make way for the planned five-story, nearly 150,000 square-foot building. But the fenced-off site near 27th Street and Midland Avenue has mostly sat empty since then.

City engineer Mike McDill said the developer plans for construction to get fully underway on the Roaring Fork Lodge and a roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue in the spring. The Roaring Fork Lodge developer planned to build the roundabout although the city is paying for it.

Efforts to reach Roaring Fork Lodge, LLC manager Terry Claassen for comment have been unsuccessful.

McDill said, “All I know is that their plans didn’t fall into place the way that they hoped they would this year and they’re still interested in working with us to get it built.”

Glenwood Springs planner A’Lissa Gerum said Claassen indicated this week that he’s planning on submitting some revisions to the Roaring Fork Lodge plans. Those would probably need to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.

Plans already pitched to the city called for one of the largest buildings Glenwood Springs has ever seen. There would be 68 hotel rooms, 40 condominium units, a 9,000 square-foot convention center, a deck overlooking the river, 171 underground parking spaces, retail space and a fitness center.

There’s been great interest in the development from a tourism perspective to individual buyers. Around 30 or 40 people had reportedly asked about purchasing the condos as of December 2007 even though construction hadn’t begun and specific pricing information wasn’t available.

One woman said earlier this year she’d already put her things into storage because she was planning on moving into one of the condos.

In July 2007, Claassen told the City Council that he hoped to have the units stay in the $350,000 to $450,000 price range depending on their size. Of the 40 condos, the average unit size in the plans was 1,159 square feet. A handful of smaller two-bedroom, two-bathroom units would be 850 square feet, and a few luxury units on the top floor would be as large as 1,450 square feet.

The project was already scaled down once. Claassen said previously the plans were decreased in size by about 20,000 square feet and reduced by about 20 percent in overall mass from original plans. Architectural design and angles were also adjusted to accommodate neighboring property owners. Some had been worried about the size of the project and its impact.

Roaring Fork Lodge, LLC paid about $2.98 million for the 4.3-acre 2800 Midland Avenue property in December 2006.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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