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Avon wants locals to buy townhomes

Vail Daily staff report
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado –The Buck Creek development approved by the Avon Town Council Tuesday could take months, and likely years, to build.

The plan includes 42 townhomes, a fire station, a campus for the Gore Range Natural Science School and possibly a Montessori school.

The 42 townhomes are not yet designed, and would still have to go through the town process of design review and approval, said Becky Lawlor, town spokeswoman. Avon Town Council members also showed interest Tuesday in buying some of the units for locals to then buy – an effort to ensure second-home owners don’t gobble all 42 units up before locals can.

Mayor Ron Wolfe said there’s no reason why the town can’t buy some units in the free market to make sure locals will live there. Other members agreed, but the development is too preliminary for them to decide anything yet.

The Gore Range Natural Science School is likely the first phase of development for the property, which is located just north of Interstate 70 near the Avon interchange. The school is one year into a capital campaign to raise $9 million and has raised a little more than $6 million so far.

The science school plans to build employee housing for counselors and graduate students, and could start construction next spring. The next phase would probably be the fire district followed by the townhomes, Lawlor said.

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