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Avon asking residents for big ideas about buildings, land it owns

Avon is planning to change the way it uses some of the buildings and land it owns. The town is collecting ideas from Avon residents.
Town of Avon|Special to the Daily |

To participate

The next open house is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 5 in Avon town hall.

Avon residents can also email Avon Planning Director Matt Pielsticker at mpielsticker@avon.org.

AVON — The town of Avon is changing the way it uses some of the land and buildings it owns, and town officials want to know what residents have in mind.

“These are important decisions and we want to keep moving forward,” said Matt Pielsticker, Avon’s planning director.

Among the changes:

• The town hall is moving up the street and away from Nottingham Park.

• The Avon police station and the fire department are moving to a joint facility near Avon’s Interstate 70 interchange.

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• The Wildridge fire station, which is essentially abandoned, has to be vacated when the Eagle River Fire Protection District moves, with the police, to their new building later this year.

• The recreation center expansion is part of the possible plan, and the library could use some more space.

• There are some parcels in the Village at Avon possibly available.

• The town owns land around Swift Gulch, where its transit facilities are.

It opens up possibilities for expanded park space, or just about anything else the good people of Avon want to do with it.

What do you think?

Avon is hosting a series of public meetings to ask residents what they have in mind.

Avon residents, it turns out, have no shortage of ideas.

Take the Wildridge fire station, for example.

A couple of weeks back, Avon hosted one of those public input sessions, asking residents what they thought the town should do with the building and land.

Pielsticker heard all sorts of ideas.

• One person suggested a convenience store.

• Another thought it might make a good spot for a post office satellite location.

• But the two biggest ideas were a neighborhood community center that would retain some sort of workforce housing component for police officers and fire fighters.

• A few suggested a community center, something like an annex to Avon’s popular recreation center.

The Wildridge station is in a spot zoned for park, and there has been a pocket park there since 1993.

The Wildridge fire station has been basically abandoned for years, although the Eagle River Fire Protection District stores some equipment in there, and firefighters occasionally bunk upstairs.

In the meantime, Pielsticker said Avon will collect more ideas.

The next open house is tentatively scheduled for April 5, probably at Town Hall, and probably one at 5 p.m. followed by another at 6 p.m.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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