Vail Daily column: Exciting projects in Avon
November 30, 2016
The town of Avon will be conducting a public hearing on Monday and Dec. 13 for a newly-planned hotel. The new 142-room hotel is proposed on Lot B, between the Avon Center and the new Town Hall. It will front the Main Street Mall, and was unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The public hearings represent an opportunity for anyone in the community to provide comment on the application for this project.
On Nov. 16, the town hosted a community open house for West Beaver Creek Boulevard, during which the town's consultant, Design Workshop, presented the outcomes of the test that took place throughout the summer and welcomed the community to gather in small groups to discuss what works and what doesn't. The input of the community has been invaluable to rethinking the parking and travel lanes that have been tested over the past few months. This dialogue and community input will continue at our Jan. 10 work session. The conversation with the community is instrumental in helping council reach a final design for this important Avon road.
The town of Avon recently wrapped up summer and fall projects that included finishing the town's remaining section of the Eagle Valley Regional Trail, a section along U.S. Highway 6 that now offers a well-lit protected path for cyclists and pedestrians, and the Metcalf Climbing Lane, offering a safe space for cyclists to climb up Metcalf Road to Wildwood and Wildridge. These improvements follow the vision of the council's strategic plan, one which embraces a safer and more user friendly experience for walkers and bikers. The new public safety facility is also under construction and moving along on schedule.
Great things are happening in Avon. This past summer, Nottingham Park was a hotbed of activity. The sand volleyball courts were full, the beach and stand-up paddle boarding were active, free yoga took place on the stage most Saturdays and people were out and about enjoying the park and the town. The Pavilion hosted numerous free and paid events, with our Avon Live four-night concert series, Ballet X dance and the Boulder Symphony taking the stage for free community cultural events.
Next summer, we will add to these events. The Missoula Children's Theater will bring the opportunity to explore all aspects of theater to our local children. Another event scheduled for next summer is Haute Route Rockies, a bicycle tour around Colorado that rivals those taking place in Europe and offers amateur cyclists the opportunity to push their limits and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. Council also recently approved Cover Rock for the second year, a great event that will take place in June with the theme "British Invasion" which will feature the sounds of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to name a few.
Early next year, we will dive into an exciting new planning project for the town when we look at our options for Tract G. As a community we will evaluate the 4.5 acres that includes land from the pavilion to the new hotel site. Part of this planning process will also look at vacant lands at Swift Gulch, Lot 5 and the Wildridge Fire Station, which will be vacated once the new Public Safety Facility is completed.
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Change is hard and as we muscle through it there are certainly challenges. I am proud to be serving in my second term as mayor and very much look forward to great conversations, active debate and community engagement to work together on strategic planning initiatives integral for reaching the best decisions for our town. Please, come to our meetings and get involved. Whether you have concerns or simply want to learn more about the process and what is going on, we very much want your involvement.
Jennie Fancher is the mayor of Avon.
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