Car wash, affordable homes on tap in Avon
Designs for the car wash, which will be built at 701 Nottingham Road next to the Avon Pet Center, were approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday. The developer of the car wash can now apply for a building permit.
“Planning and zoning wise, they’re good to go,” said Ruth Borne, Avon’s director of community development.
Three “affordable’ employee apartments will be built above the car wash, which will also have an auto detailing shop, Borne said.
A 15-building apartment complex known as the Barancas is also a step closer to being built at the bottom of Metcalf Road. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the building materials and colors the developer plans to use and a building permit may be issued by the end of the week, Borne said.
The Barancas complex will comprise 15 towers with three apartments each on the west side of Metcalf Road. The two-bedroom, affordable apartments will be 992-square-feet; most should cost around $200,000, said Rick Dominick, an architect with Fieldstone Development, who is working with the development’s owner, Tanavon Corp.
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Deed-restricted apartments at Barancas will be somewhat cheaper, he said.
The narrow site at the bottom of Metcalf Road, which is bounded at the back by a steep hillside, was almost tailor-made for affordable apartments, he said. And the lack of affordable homes in Vail and Avon has driven many downvalley to Eagle and Gypsum, he said.
“You can’t come in here and put in large buildings,” Dominick said. “And there’s a real need for affordable housing. We still don’t have enough per-capita housing and we don’t have that many units a lot of people can own.”
The complex had raised some concerns among members Avon Town Council, who have worried cars headed up to Wildridge could get caught in traffic jams caused by future Barancas residents trying to turn left into the complex.
But the developer has agreed to widen the road and install three turning lanes than can each accommodate two cars.
The turning lanes should calm the traction fears of drivers headed up to homes in Wildridge, Dominick said.
“It will certainly help to avoid any traffic stacking problems,” he said. “I think there was little concern that would happen in the first place, but this should prevent people from having to stop on the icy road.”
Part of the Barancas land will also be preserved as open space.
Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.