Koelbel and Company’s Rendezvous Center Opens in Winter Park
Koelbel and Company recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Rendezvous Center on Winter Park’s Main Street. The new development is home to a new Welcome Center, Chamber Building and 7 luxury townhomes that will become a landmark for the town. This $15 million project is one of many investments currently underway in Winter Park that will upgrade the look, feel and overall infrastructure of the town.
“The Koelbel family has had roots in the Fraser Valley for more than 65 years and we are doubling down on this commitment by making significant investments in the community to ensure it reaches its fullest potential,” said Koelbel and Company President, Walter A. ‘Buz’ Koelbel. “We see Winter Park as the last great mountain town and having tremendous opportunity for growth and investment so we are thrilled to be part of this collaborative effort to make critical improvements.”
The half-acre site was purchased by Koelbel from the Town of Winter Park in 2017, as part of the purchase of the naming rights to the adjacent stage at Hideaway Park now known as “Rendezvous Event Center.” After significant planning and working with the Town of Winter Park, they have completed a three-story, state-of-the-art facility that will become a landmark for the town and a gathering place for residents and visitors alike. It is adjacent to the Rendezvous Event Center, which is home to numerous events and concerts annually. It was important to incorporate the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in the new design along with the town’s beloved mascot, a giant bronze Moose. Flanking both sides of the statement commercial corner are five residential townhomes and two stacked flats.
“This high-profile building is one of the first things people see when they arrive in town,” said Koelbel. “As one of the first parcels to be redeveloped along Main Street, we’ve created a mountain contemporary architectural design that reflects the new attitude of Winter Park but is incredibly welcoming at the same time.”
The Chamber of Commerce recently moved into their newly designed home, which also houses a new Visitor Welcome Center and back of house operations. The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center occupy a portion of the first two floors at the corner, and the developer’s new development and sales center shares the street entry level. Rendezvous Center will also contain the Rendezvous community’s marketing and sales operations and will serve as the gateway and launching pad to Rendezvous Winter Park.
In addition to office space, Koelbel has built seven luxury for sale townhomes/flats and podium covered parking starting at $1.3 M. The contemporary mountain architecture of the townhomes with pitched roofs, expansive glass, and mix of rich materials including stone, metal and wood augment the commercial corner and provide a nice backdrop for the park. Showcasing mountain modern design, the limited-edition three- and four-bedroom Rendezvous Center Residences designs will deliver the ultimate in mountain living – marrying mountain escape with an entertainment hub.
““Rendezvous Center is the perfect example of a project that will further enhance our community and begin the transformation of Main Street Winter Park,” said Winter Park Mayor Nick Kutrumbos. “We are excited about the future of this community.”
Grand County Variance Request Approved Regarding Short-Term Lodging
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Grand County’s request for a variance from some of the provisions of their Safer at Home public health order that is in effect until June 1. Short-term rentals, places of worship and fitness facilities that choose to open for use may do so under the requirements and guidelines set forth in this May 29, 2020 Grand County Public Health Order (PHO)
Grand County Public Health Press Release
GRAND COUNTY, CO. MAY 29, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Grand County’s request for a variance from some of the provisions of their Safer at Home public health order that is in effect until June 1. According to a letter from Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE, “This variance approval is granted based on the facts and circumstances today as you have described them in your request. If the county were to exceed 100 cases per 100,000 population in a two week period (15 cases in two weeks), the variance is automatically rescinded. Additionally, CDPHE reserves the right to modify or rescind this variance approval as circumstances warrant. This approval is in effect until the final expiration of PHO 20-28, which will be extended in some capacity beyond the current expiration date next week” (June 1). Effectively immediately, short-term lodging including vacation-style home and condo rentals like those using VRBO and Airbnb online platforms will be able to resume business if they follow strict sanitation and disinfection protocols to protect public health and safety. Owners will also be required to communicate the current guidelines to guests including social distancing practices and face covering recommendations. Places of worship will be able to increase the number of participants up to 30 people, provided that social distancing is practiced at all times between individuals and family groups. The facilities must implement certain safety protocols including face coverings, public health signage and environmental cleaning. Places of worship are encouraged to continue online or drive-up services if practical and make reasonable accommodations for vulnerable populations. Gyms, health clubs, workout, and other recreation facilities can conditionally open their facilities for limited use, including classes, IF strict physical distancing practices are possible, there is no sharing of equipment, and regular disinfection and cleaning occurs. Best practices and guidelines can be found in the Grand County Recreation Playbook and must be adhered to. As with all of these This phased opening opportunity is completely voluntary. Short-term rentals, places of worship and fitness facilities that choose to open for use may do so under the requirements and guidelines set forth in this May 29, 2020 Grand County Public Health Order (PHO). Brene Belew-LaDue, Grand County Public Health Director, emphasizes, “these requirements and guidelines are part of our local pandemic suppression plan designed to protect public health and be responsive to COVID-19 conditions and healthcare capabilities in Grand County. There is the potential to increase or decrease these requirements based on changing conditions and data.” All Grand County residents and visitors are strongly urged to protect themselves and others by washing hands frequently, staying home if sick, staying six feet apart from others, wearing a face covering if in public, and limiting gatherings to under ten people. If you have symptoms such as a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for guidance. Dr. Darcy Selenke noted, “if our citizens fail to comply with the public health protective measures and our case count increases, we will have no choice but to return to more restrictive orders.” Please direct short-term rental questions to the Grand County STR Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-725-3737. For general questions regarding Grand County’s COVID-19 response please call 970-725-3803 or email email@example.com.
Koelbel and Company’s COVID-19 safety measures
At Koelbel and Company, the safety and well-being of our homebuyers, tenants, employees, trade partners, and associates are always our top priority. We sincerely hope you and your family are safe and healthy.
Accordingly, in the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 challenge facing our communities and the world beyond, we are implementing decisive safeguards to optimize the welfare of all.
Some of the Steps Being Taken to Ensure Your Safety
We are staying apprised of CDC and WHO advisories as they occur and adhering to all government recommended guidelines. Specific actions being taken include:
- Sales offices, model homes, construction sites, and our corporate office are open to visitors with strict social distancing and hygiene protocol in place. Masks will be available to all visitors and all surfaces will be sanitized following every visit.
- Our professional cleaning service has increased frequency and is complying with all CDC guidelines.
- All Koelbel personnel are required to stay home if feeling ill or if they believe they’ve been exposed to the virus.
Social Distance Technology Available for You
- Zoom Platform. Koelbel recently adopted the Zoom platform in our offices, allowing us to conduct online video-equipped meetings.
- Virtual Tours. Our sales team can schedule dedicated time to virtually walk homes with you online and even assist with option selections.
- Docusign. Any contract paperwork requiring a signature can be electronically signed, minimizing the need for in-person visits.
- Contact Free Closings. Our Title Company partner, Land Title, as adopted a Healthy Closings initiative, including options for Contact Free Closings in their offices as well as Contact Free Curbside Closings.
We also ask that you be considerate of our team members, and if you are not feeling well, exhibiting symptoms or been exposed to the virus – please inform our team so we can take the appropriate preventive action.
We recognize that the impact of COVID-19 goes beyond health and safety to include emotional and economic impacts as well. As we constantly monitor economic conditions, most experts continue to feel strongly that the impact will be short-lived. In general, their views are that our country’s remarkable economic strength preceding the outbreak should facilitate a bounceback once the virus recedes to the point that normal routines can resume. Steps have been taken by both Federal and State financial entities with the goal of expediting the recovery.
As always, for those of you in the process of building a home with us, our sales team will be touching base with you weekly. If you are experiencing challenges as a result of the outbreak, please inform our team. We will work together to address your needs.
Please know that our team is monitoring the current situation closely and convening regularly to ensure that we consistently respond in the best ways possible to serve you.
The Winter Park Express | Getting to Grand County Made Easy
Sky-Hi News Reports:
A huge draw for Winter Park Resort is its proximity to the Front Range, but for every minute a traveler has to sit in traffic on Interstate 70 it gets exponentially longer.
Luckily, the resort has a unique solution in the Winter Park Express, the only ski train in North America.
“With the train’s continual growth in ridership, it’s been gratifying to see the incredible popularity of this Colorado institution for visitors on the Front Range, throughout the country, and beyond,” said C.A. Lane, vice president of operations and assistant general manager for the resort. “Nowhere else in North America can you take a train from a major metropolitan city to the slopes of a world-class ski resort.”
This year, Winter Park visitors will have more chances than ever to ride the train. In addition to trips every Saturday and Sunday as usual, the train will also run every Friday for 18 new trips this year. The train starts running Jan. 10 through March 29.
Winter Park Resort Marketing Director Liz Agostin explained the expansion is to keep up with demand.
“This addition is a 30% increase in trips throughout our Winter Park Express season, and gives guests the opportunity to plan a long weekend ski trip without having to drive,” she said.
In 2019, the train saw a record number of riders with 19,200 tickets purchased throughout the season, an increase of about 7% from the 2018 season and 8% from the inaugural season in 2017, according to Amtrak.
Since the revival of the ski train in 2017, more than 52,000 passengers have ridden the train and it’s only expected to continue growing in popularity with construction projects on I-70 and recent improvements at… [Read Full Article]
Winter Park Resort Named Best Ski Resort in North America
Winter Park Resort has no shortage of accolades or name recognition, but can now officially call itself the best ski resort in North America.
“There are some really, really stellar resorts on that list and to come out on top is really special,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of communications and public relations for the resort. “What makes it even more special is that it’s a readers poll (…), so they’re actually people who come and ski and are our guests.” … [Read Full Article]