Board waits to take action on Grand Lake Lodge development |

Board waits to take action on Grand Lake Lodge development

The main lodge building of the historic Grand Lake Lodge lit by summer sunshine. The lodge was recently purchased by California based company Highway West Vacations.
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A planned cabin development at the Grand Lake Lodge in northeastern Grand County is headed back to the proverbial drawing board this month after the project’s developers resubmitted their development plans to the town of Grand Lake late last week.

On Monday night, the Grand Lake Planning Commission held a public hearing in front of a packed house of local citizens regarding plans to construct a series of cabin accommodations at the Grand Lake Lodge. The new development is part of a series of projects undertaken after California-based company Highway West Vacations purchased the property in late 2017.

Monday night’s public hearing related to a request from commercial real estate investment firm Red Tail Acquisitions, serving as the development applicant for the project, to continue proceedings related to the development.

Prior to the resubmission of development planning documents to the town last week, project developers had planned to construct a series of 92 new lodging units spread out over a four-phase project.

Those new lodging units were initially planned as A-frame cabins however development plans were changed after local citizens raised opposition to the architectural design of A-frame cabins. Francis Corso, Vice President of Red Tail Acquisitions, was on hand for the meeting and informed community members that any cabin development at the property will occur over an extended period of time, not all and once. He added that any cabins added to the property, beyond the initial 10 cabins developers plan to build using loan funds, will depend upon cash flow funding from the lodge itself.

“Those 10 units are being funded by the original bank loan attached to the property,” Corso said. “Anything built after that is based on cash flow.”

Monday night’s hearing featured a significant number of public comments from local citizens regarding the development. Most citizens who spoke raised concerns about a variety of topics including architectural style, emergency access to the future site of any cabins and employee housing availability for lodge workers.

The town’s planning commissioner approved the request and rescheduled further review of the recently resubmitted development documents until September 5. The development plans will go back before the planning commissioner prior to any final approval of the project by the Grand Lake Trustees.

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