Town of Avon sets time for streetscape meetings
February 3, 2017
AVON — The town of Avon wants feedback on streetscape plans for the Beaver Creek Boulevard enhancement project. The final design plan, along with background information, can be viewed in detail at http://www.avon.org/bcblvd. The town is urging those with an interest in the project to provide written comments, attend an open house or the upcoming public meeting. A large format illustration of the proposed modifications is on display at the Avon Recreation Center, Avon Public Library and Town Hall.
The revised streetscape enhancement plan will be presented to the Avon Town Council Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
The proposed plan and project stems from a walkability audit and report completed in July 2015 by Dan Burden of Bluezones. The plan includes wider sidewalks, narrowed and improved pedestrian crossings, on-street parallel parking, and several opportunities for additional landscaping.
A continuous bike lane is included in both directions, between the travel lanes and parking spaces, as opposed to the separated cycle track lanes that were tested in the summer of 2016.
“We are excited to see the plans for the West Beaver Creek Boulevard remodel move forward.”Keith HamptonPresident, Treadstone
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'Heart' of community
Burden recently had a chance to review the updated plans and said, "Beaver Creek Boulevard is at the heart of your transformations, going from a higher speed road for automobiles to a place focused on people — the heart and soul of the community. We love what we see in your Beaver Creek Boulevard plan."
The construction timeline would be fall 2017, either in total or in phases into 2018. If more review and design time is needed, then the schedule could be adjusted. If the plans receive a favorable vote by the town council, then construction documents would be prepared this spring. Avon Town Engineer Justin Hildreth said construction could commence as soon as the week after Labor Day. Final costs would be developed and confirmed with construction level plans after a formal bid process. The town has budgeted $2.5 million to fund the streetscape plan, with all proceeds coming from the Avon Capital Improvement Plan budget.
While it would cost about $700,000 to simply repair and repave the length of Beaver Creek Boulevard, this project aims to create a safer, walkable, and more active place that could in turn spur private development along the roadway. Treadstone Development recently gained approval for a 142-unit hotel in what would be the middle of West Beaver Creek Boulevard. Treadstone president Keith Hampton agrees with the direction the plans are headed.
"We are excited to see the plans for the West Beaver Creek Boulevard remodel move forward," Hampton said. "It will create a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment that will enhance the experience of our guests when they visit Avon."
On Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., town staff representatives will hold open houses to present the Beaver Creek Boulevard Redesign Project. The purpose of the open houses will be to familiarize those interested with how the plan has evolved since previous stakeholder and public sessions. Public comments will be collected and presented, along with the full plan, to the Avon Town Council Feb. 28.
The program for public involvement in February is:
Feb. 22: Open house, noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to review results from previous stakeholder and public meetings and on-site observations during the testing period.
The recommended street design will be presented.
Feb. 28: Avon Town Council public meeting, 5 p.m. Presentation of final plan, public input and council direction.
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