Cordillera residents lose yet another legal challenge to conversion of lodge into high-end drug treatment

In yet another blow to residents fighting the conversion of the former Lodge & Spa at Cordillera into a high-end addiction treatment center, a state court judge has dismissed the homeowners’ latest lawsuit against the previous owner of the lodge.

State District Court Judge Frederick Gannett dismissed the residents claims that the lodge’s former owner, Behringer Harvard, fraudulently convinced Cordillera homeowners and Eagle County commissioners to approve a potential medical facility among 33 possible different uses for the struggling lodge.

The decision is the latest among a series of losses for residents of the luxury Vail Valley community fighting the Concerted Care Group’s plan to buy and convert the former community centerpiece into a high-end treatment center that could charge upward of $60,000 a month to patients struggling with drug addiction.

The residents filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages and other claims against Eagle County commissioners, against Behringer Harvard and against Concerted Care Group, which is developing the new treatment facility.

“Every one of these legal challenges was unsuccessful,” noted U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Gannett in his Friday ruling.

Gannett’s ruling granted Behringer Harvard’s motion to dismiss the residents’ lawsuit they filed after Behringer Harvard sued the owners last year for what the company called “frivolous claims” in the dismissed class-action lawsuit the residents filed in 2016.

UPDATED: This file was updated  at 10:30 a.m. on March 17, 2018, to correct the court on which Judge Frederick Gannett sits. He is a judge for Colorado’s 5th Judicial District in Eagle.

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