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Killington Resort's New Village is Hung Up in Legal Challenges

The story of developing a new village at the base of Killington Resort is one with a lot of talk, years of work and now a mounting load of legal challenges. What started with the the once-great (then delisted and dissolved) American Skiing Co., which owned Killington Resort until 2007, getting feedback on conceptual plans has been taken through Vermont's Act 250 environmental impact permit process by the current landowner and developer, SP Land Company. Now, some of the property owners adjacent to the land included in the $130 million first phase of the Killington Village project are taking issue with parking lot plans and environmental permits. It's taken decades to get to this point, and the long-range plan for the village may take 20 to 30 years to fully build out. In the grand scheme of things, the legal hurdles could turn out to be just a blip in the overall timeline.

The first phase of the village master plan will include 193 residential units, 32,000 square feet of commercial space and a new 77,000-square-foot skier services building in what's been dubbed the Village Core. The 27-acre area at the heart of the village now is the site of the Grand Resort Hotel, some existing resort structures and the Ramshead and Showshed lodges, which will be demolished. In addition to the Village Core, the first phase of the project also includes a 75-acre residential subdivision, two water supply projects and a parking area for the resort.

All told, the 20 to 30 year vision for the village will include about 2,300 residential units, 200,000 square feet of commercial space and other amenities on about 300 of the 1,300 acres owned by SP Land Co. in the area. That larger vision is still in the conceptual stage, but SP Land Co. wants to start building Phase 1 as soon as possible.

The future of the Killington Village is now in the hands of an Environmental Court judge who is considering problems with the parking lot plans and environmental permits.

· Judge weighing ski village appeals [Rutland Herald]
· Act 250 permit documents [Vermont Agency of Natural Resources]
· $2.99M Killington Chalet Puts Your Ski Furniture to Shame [Curbed Ski]
· Courtroom Battle Likely in Fight Over the Village at Wolf Creek [Curbed Ski]
· Breaking: Vail Resorts Gets Green Light to Create the Largest Ski Resort in the United States [Curbed Ski]