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Council Briefs: Kadenwood gondola ready to ride in 2008



Whistler-Blackcomb’s newest gondola, connecting Creekside with Kadenwood Estate Homes, is en route to be up-and-ready for next winter’s ski season.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Doug Forseth, senior vice president of operations for Whistler-Blackcomb, described the proposed location of the future gondola, situated on the edge of Big Timber Park.

The new $3.5 million gondola will run along the right side of the Creekside Gondola, shouldering the Peak to Creek run. According to Forsyth, there are no old growth trees in this area.

A total of three towers will be built to support the gondola: two will be next to the existing roadway, and the third will be flown into site, similar to what Whistler-Blackcomb did when constructing the Symphony Chair.

Cascade Environmental Resource Group has conducted a preliminary environmental assessment of the area and deemed that the gondola would not likely have a huge effect.

Forseth added that Whistler-Blackcomb is considering turning the terrain at the top of the proposed gondola into a learning area for kids, which could be used during poor snow years.


Holborn saga wrapped up

Two decades after plans to build a world-class tennis facility in Whistler were first hatched, the project is almost ready to begin re-construction.

On Tuesday, council gave third reading to three bylaws crucial to get the Holborn redevelopment project off the ground, including a phased development agreement that staff has refined considerably since it was presented a year ago.

“We have ended up with a fantastic project,” said a beaming acting mayor Gord McKeever.

Bob McPherson, general manager of community life, also extended his thanks to the Holborn group, adding “as we got to the last little bit, it seemed more like a partnership between the municipality and Holborn.”

Councillor Ralph Forsyth said, “It has been long and confusing and I am happy to see it going.”

He added: “Bare in mind, we will assume ownership of another large piece of infrastructure in the village and we will be responsible for the maintenance costs of that.”

Construction on the site, which is located across from Marketplace Square at the end of Northlands Boulevard, will begin after the Winter Games in 2010. The development will include indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a seniors housing complex, both to be completed by 2016.


Sea to Sky Trail moves along

Whistler’s portion of the Sea to Sky Trail route has been announced, and plans are in place to get the south section of trail built by 2009.

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