AVON, Colorado - The Avon Town Council Tuesday approved a proposal by Wyndham Vacation Resorts for a 58-unit time-share project. The project is expected to be complete in time for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.
The project approved Tuesday will be the biggest project built in Avon since the much larger Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, which was finished in 2007.
The Wyndham project moved fairly smoothly through the town's approval process, from staff discussions to town planning and zoning commission approval to two relatively quick hearings by the town council.
Most council members applauded the developers' work, but council member Buz Reynolds, who cast the sole dissenting vote on the approval ordinance, said the lack of new retail space worried him. As approved, the project will have just lobby space and some project-related office and food service space on the ground floor.
"We're building bed base but losing (sales tax) revenue," Reynolds said. "Future developers will say 'it was done there, why can't I do that?'"
Fellow council member Dave Dantas said he'd like to see ground-floor retail as well. But Wyndham officials in early February flatly refused that request, calling it a deal-breaker for the entire project.
"I just don't think the retail could sustain itself," Dantas said.
Council member Jennie Fancher said there's plenty of empty retail space in the area now, something echoed by council member Todd Goulding.
"Even at the height of our recent growth period there were empty spaces in that area," he said.
With final approval in hand, the project is expected to break ground this spring.