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Midvalley ranch owners propose hotel, homes, commercial center

The owners of an eye-catching midvalley ranch want to scrap their partial development approvals and submit a new plan for a 100-room hotel and 112,000 square feet of homes, shops and offices.

Ace and Jennifer Lane, owners of the Wind River Ranch in the El Jebel area, already have partial approval from Eagle County to build more than 20,000 square feet of retail and office space plus five single-family homes.

But with a deadline looming in April to seek final approval, the Lanes have decided on a drastic change in direction, according to a new application they recently submitted to the Eagle County planning department.

Highlights of their new plan, called Kodiak Park, include the hotel; 87,000 square feet of “mixed uses” that include restaurants, retail shops, studios and offices on the ground floor and apartments on a second story; 16 cabins for a total of 8,000 square feet located along a lake; a nursery with buildings of up to 12,000 square feet; and a county shop of up to 5,000 square feet. Much of ranch preserved The development would be clustered onto about 25 acres of the 206-acre property. About 150 acres would remain as open space and ranchland. Another 30 acres would be devoted to a nursery.

The Lanes live on a five-acre parcel that will be carved from the surrounding ranch.

The family’s mostly undeveloped property attracts attention in the midvalley because it’s home to a private water ski lake and is covered with trees that are part of a nursery business. Wind River Ranch is located north of the intersection of Highway 82 and Willits Lane.

Their proposed hotel would be located between the highway and the water ski lake, across Highway 82 from the massive Willits project being reviewed by the town of Basalt.

Most of the development would spread downvalley from the hotel and be oriented around the water ski lake, according to the Lane’s land-use planner, Glenn Horn. Avoid City Market look A major portion of the property would be subdivided into between 22 and 44 lots where buyers would construct the buildings but follow architectural guidelines set by the Lanes, according to Horn. The lots would present the opportunity for a variety of small-business owners to possess their own property.

Horn said the Lanes want to maintain a “funky, Western flavor” to their property. Ace Lane sees the strip mall development of City Market and Orchard Plaza across the highway from his property and “he doesn’t want to have that,” Horn said.

In fact, he hopes to use berms to shield views between the highway and his land. “He’s not interested in high visibility like City Market,” Horn said. Valley dumping ground? When the hotel is added into the mix, the Lanes are seeking approval for about 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space.

The Kodiak Park project is one of four massive commercial and residential projects already approved, in the pipeline or proposed for the El Jebel area.

City Market and the surrounding Orchard Plaza added about 200,000 square feet into the commercial mix earlier this decade.

The Willits project upvalley from City Market could add between 340,000 and 598,000 square feet of retail, office, restaurant, hotel and residential space, depending on the outcome of the town of Basalt’s review.

The Crawford family tried and failed to earn approval for a project that could have added roughly 500,000 square feet of commercial space in the core of El Jebel. They are preparing a new plan to be submitted to Eagle County.

Eagle County’s planning department is still examining the Lanes’ development proposal. No meetings in the review process have been scheduled yet.


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