Design Review Board to consider sketch site specific planned unit application for Lot 161CR Hotel PUD on May 17

The Mountain Village Design Review Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 to consider the sketch site-specific planned unit development (SPUD) initial architecture review for Lot 161CR and adjacent lots in Village Center.

The applicant, Merrimac Fort Partners, LLC, is proposing a branded five-star hotel operator, residences, condominiums, a restaurant, bar, spa and public and private amenity spaces on Lot 161CR and associated lots in the vicinity at the base of the gondola. The project proposes 50 traditional hotel rooms, and a five-star luxury hotel/resort brand will operate and manage the property in accordance with the goals of the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan. The application also is proposing roughly 3,000 square feet of dorm-style employee housing on site.

This sketch SPUD application is the second of three required steps in the approval process. The applicant’s first step was a conceptual SPUD application that required both DRB and Town Council consideration. The conceptual SPUD was approved at the March 17, 2022, Town Council meeting which allowed for the applicant to submit its sketch SPUD. application This sketch application is reviewed by the DRB only. The third step, final SPUD approval will require a recommendation from the DRB and Town Council review.

“This is a long-anticipated development proposal in a key location adjacent to the gondola and located in the Village Center,” said Mountain Village Planning and Development Services and Housing Director Michelle Haynes in the press release announcing the initial public hearing in February of 2022. “The 2011 Comprehensive Plan focused on a desire for a five-star branded hotel project in the Mountain Village. A significant amount of time and effort had been spent identifying these specific lots for a hotbed project during the first and now current Comprehensive Plan process.”

In order for the project to be developed, the applicant is requesting Lot 161CR be replatted with Lots 67, 69R-2, 71R and OS-3Y into one integrated parcel, Lot 161C-RR, in order to be in line with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

To view the application material, please visit the Town’s current planning webpage at

Written public comments on the proposal may be addressed to the Design Review Board and Town Council and sent to

The special meeting will start at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The public is invited to attend all hearings virtually or in person. Meeting material and Zoom log-in information can be found on the Town’s Design Review Board webpage.

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