Lionshead Base Redevelopment
The original Vail Village that was developed in the
early-1960s is now a benchmark for successful desti-nation
retail and worldwide guest satisfaction. Only
¼ mile away is Lionshead Village, which is the
second development at the base of Vail Mountain.
Built in 1969, it was intended to be a residential
village and provide high-speed gondola access to
the mountain. Although it was one of America's first
condominium-style developments, the architectural
scale and character of Lionshead did not reflect its
mountain environment. As a result, it had not
achieved the level of charm and financial success
that Vail Village enjoyed.
Design Workshop was hired to facilitate and lead
the redevelopment planning efforts of a public-private
partnership between the Town of Vail and
Vail Resorts. The master plan for the 15-acre study
area proposed development incentives that increase
residential growth at the village core while also pro-moting
changes to allow the site's architectural
character and pedestrian spaces to better suit the
ski- village environment. The redevelopment
master plan included streetscape design plans,
architectural massing and façade guidelines, and
outlined affordable housing opportunities and
various funding mechanisms.
The Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan was
adopted and implemented in early 1999 and later
that year won the Colorado American Planning
Association award for its land-use, zoning and devel-opment
code modifications for the Town of Vail.
Town of Vail
3 Pedestrian street
Core area plan
Proposed base and
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