In a 6-0 vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, the Mountain Village Town Council approved the second reading of the final site-specific planned unit development (SPUD) application for a future Four Seasons hotel project at Lot 161CR at the base of the gondola in Mountain Village Center.
Council also voted 6-0 to replat the associated parcels of land for the project into one 4.437-acre lot and renamed it to Lot 161C-RR. Council member Patrick Berry abstained from the vote due to his employment with Telluride Ski & Golf.
“After four years of hard work, we are excited to move to the next phase with this project as we are now one step closer to delivering the 5-star luxury hotel that has always been envisioned for this property and laid out in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan,” said Dev Motwani Managing Partner of Merrimac Ventures, the SPUD’s applicant.
The project outlines a five-star hotel, operated by the luxury hotel/resort brand Four Seasons, with 53 traditional hotel rooms, residences, condominiums, a restaurant, bar, spa and public and private amenity spaces and 10 employee apartments.
The final SPUD approval includes more than $7.4 million in community benefits including $2.5 million toward community housing, improvements to Village Pond and other neighboring riparian corridors, public plazas, paths and trails with snowmelt and more.
The property has been designed in accordance with the goals of the 2011 Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan. The project’s architectural renderings are available for the public to see on the Town’s Current Planning page.
The first public hearing for this project was held in February 2022, and the first conceptual approval was granted by Town Council in March 2022. The second sketch approval application was approved in May 2022 and in July council approved the first reading of the final SPUD application.
“We appreciate all of the time spent and feedback received from Town Council, DRB, Town staff and the community through the numerous public hearing. This input has helped improve the project and fit better within the community, which we hope will be the crown jewel in this already special community,” Motwani said. “We are humbled and very much appreciative of the unanimous approval from Town Council. This vote sends a clear message that the town and the community are excited for the project, and we look forward to delivering this collective vision.”