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Ketchum City Council President Randy Hall said the early affordable housing dialogue was “pretty hostile.” He added: “Look where we are now. This community has embraced affordable housing as its top priority.”

 

Telluride promised the best

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Colo. – Mountain Village, the town located along the upper slopes of the Telluride ski area, has a swank hotel now waiting in the wings. The developer, Robert Levine, had promised a Ritz-Carlton or something similar as the operator, but that idea fell through, as did a proposal to have the hotel operated under the brand of St. Regis.

Now, reports The Telluride Watch, the town has approved an operator that purports to be the future name-brand for super-high-end hotel operations. The hotel, the first in North American for the new group, called West Paces Hotel Group, is likely to be called Capella Telluride.

The hotel operating company was founded in 2002 by Horst Shulze, former president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, along with other Ritz executives. They had noticed that the upper tier of Ritz customers was no longer satisfied with large hotels, but still wanted the best services and broadest array of amenities. The Capella brand is to have projects with between 670 and 100 rooms. The Telluride property is to be at the high end of that.

A West Paces Hotel Group representative told town officials in Mountain Village that the Capella-branded hotels will be “six star,” meaning that customers will find them even better than those currently described as having five stars or diamonds. Philip Keb, the company’s executive vice president of development, predicted that within five years the hotel group will be the standard-bearer for upper-tier hotels.

All of this high-quality of service, of course, depends upon having employees, and that’s been an increasingly perplexing problem in the Telluride area. In Telluride, voters continue to insist that open space not be violated for housing of any kind. A proposal to build employee housing down-valley along the San Miguel River was rejected for environmental and other reasons.

Mayor Davis Fansler warned of the problem, but company officials said they are aware of the challenge, reported The Watch.

 

Architect has different ideas

EAGLE VALLEY, Colo. – Architecture in Tyrolean-style Vail may have a “yodely” flavor and in Jackson Hole it’s Lincoln Logs, but the broad theme in new building can be characterized as “sticks and stones.” Experimental architects don’t get much work in the resort valleys of the West.

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