Ambulance plans for Avon halted |

Ambulance plans for Avon halted

Nicole Frey

AVON” Avon’s one chance for an ambulance station has been put on hold.

The Village at Avon developer, Traer Creek ” responsible for building Wal-Mart and Home Depot ” recently withdrew its proposal to build an elementary school, firehouse and ambulance stations.

“It doesn’t spell problems,” said Traer Creek spokesman Dan Christopherson.

After submitting the proposal, Avon town planners returned to Traer Creek with a list of about 10 requests ” items the town wanted more information on or clarification.

“Some of the things the town asked for are pretty simple, but others are more complicated,” said Christopherson, who added Traer Creek plans to resubmit the proposal when it has fulfilled the town’s requests.

Withdrawing the application allows discussions between the town and the developer that aren’t legally permitted if the proposal is left on the table. In this way, Traer Creek can communicate freely with Avon, asking questions and seeking clarification, while it finds the answers to Avon’s questions, said Tambi Katieb, Avon’s director of community development.

“It’s very valuable to both parties to talk about the project as a whole,” Katieb said. “I think it’s a great idea for them to pull it for now.”

Katieb admitted Avon is likely asking for more information than other towns and cities would request so early in the development process, but, he said, it’s all part of Avon’s progressive and proactive approach to development.

“We have a heightened sense of responsibility,” he said. “It’s for all of our benefit.”

Some of Avon’s easier requests include Traer Creek telling the town how the Village at Avon will benefit the public and providing more detailed maps of where the ambulance and fire stations will be.

“That stuff’s not a big deal, but the other stuff is more time consuming,” Christopherson said.

The harder stuff involves coming up with a “phasing plan” ” a plan that shows in what order parts of the 1,800 acre-development will be built. Another more difficult request is showing how the development will financially benefit Avon, Christopherson said.

Dan Leary, executive vice president of Traer Creek, has requested the two parties meet during a Town Council work session Jan. 24.

Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or

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