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BROOMFIELD, CO-Ever Vail, a proposed $1-billion multi-use resort village that would encompass a 9.5-acre site in West LionsHead, could be the largest LEED-certified resort project in North America if it is approved. It would also be one of the first projects presented for consideration in LEED’s new “Neighborhood Development” certification program.

Vail Resorts, who would operate Ever Vail, plans to convert the West Lionshead site, which currently houses Vail Mountain’s vehicle maintenance shop yard and warehouse, a gas station, and a retail and office complex, into a ski resort that would feature 150 to 250 whole ownership condominium units, 75 to 125 fractional ownership condos, a 100,000-sf hotel, a 100,000-sf mountain operations facility, and 100,000 to 150,000 sf of retail, office, and restaurant space. The project will also feature a public parking garage, a new gondola, and a related skier portal and public park.

In total the resort will encompass approximately one million sf and include between 600,000 and 700,000 sf of saleable residential and commercial space. Vail Resorts anticipates that the sales aspect of the project won’t begin until at least 2009, considering that plans for Ever Vail have neither been finalized nor approved by the Town of Vail. Vail Resorts intends to submit its plans to the town within the next 60 days.

Once approved by Vail, Ever Vail can then work on getting its LEED and Neighborhood Development certifications approved, which would combine elements of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design.

As of press time there are no projects currently registered in the LEED Neighborhood Development program, meaning that, if approved Ever Vail could be the first or one of the first projects to received this certification, which is based on a rating system that was established on Feb. 1.

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