Avon approves new 142-room hotel
AVON — It took three years for a hotel developer to get to “yes,” but they made it in Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
The Avon Town Council unanimously gave Telluride-based Treadstone Development LLC the green light for a 142-room hotel near the Lodge at Avon between West Beaver Creek Boulevard and Avon’s Main Street Mall.
Tom Crosby is past president of the board for the neighboring Avon Center. Crosby said they’ve spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars to get to Tuesday’s vote.
He advocated for approval, for a perfectly good reason.
“I don’t want to go through this again. This is a chance to see this done, and done right,” Crosby said. “We’re very excited to see what this can become.”
They hope to break ground this spring, and might open for the winter of 2018, said Treadstone’s Keith Hampton.
It took three years to get to this point, Hampton said.
“This is an important step,” he said.
They haven’t picked a hotel company partner yet, but it will be a major flagship property, Hampton said.
The council’s approval follows the town planning commission’s unanimous recommendation for approval.
The lot is currently a parking lot and vacant land, and development proposals have been kicking around for decades. The last serious plan came through in 2002 when Amy Phillips was brand new for her first Town Council term.
That proposal crashed and burned because of parking, Phillips said.
“The only reason we’re here is the neighbors. This is an incredibly complicated lot,” Hampton said.
Various agreements with neighbors go back decades before that, including:
• The parking agreement with Alpine Bank goes back to 1993.
• Multiple agreements with the Lodge at Avon go back to 1981.
Free parking, for now
For now, the plan includes 206 spaces of free parking — up from the current 126. It’s free for up to three hours for restaurants and retail customers. It’s not skier parking.
If you go to a store and buy a stick of gum and then sneak off to go skiing, then you’ll get your three hours free. You’ll pay for the rest of the day, Hampton said.
“Our priority is to leave the lot for guest use,” Hampton said. “There would be lots of times during the year when we don’t have to prioritize at all.”
Not a future town hall
The hotel’s four small retail spaces will total around 560 square feet combined. Treadstone might use the spaces themselves, or they might be available for startup businesses, things like retail shops, maybe coffee shops or bakeries, or something entrepreneurial, Hampton said.
Meeting the parking requirements left little space for more retail space. Some council members wondered if more retail space was necessary.
Phillips thought not, citing precedent that it would be a mistake to require unnecessary retail space “that in 10 years we could buy for a town hall.”
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935.