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Crews break ground on new fire/police facility in Avon

AVON — The Eagle River Fire Protection District broke ground last week on its new $11-million facility on Buck Creek Road. The facility will be one half of a joint public safety facility that will also house Avon's police department and is expected to open in late 2017. Davis Partnership is the architect and construction is being handled by local contractors Evans Chaffee.

The facility will be able to house the fire district's ladder truck and meet all staffing, equipment, storage and operational needs for the next 50 years and beyond by providing quick access to Avon town core, Wildridge and Mountain Star neighborhoods, Wal-Mart and any new development at Traer Creek.

"This is the result of healthy relationships and vibrant, strong partnerships," said Eagle River Fire Protection District Fire Chief Karl Bauer.

The facility was the result of a public-private partnership that spurred not only the development of the new fire facility but a new police facility and an urgent care center on the adjacent site.

"It truly was a work of collaboration," said Avon Mayor Jennie Fancher.

Clint Janssen, chair of the Eagle River Fire Protection District board, began the groundbreaking ceremony by thanking voters for approving the project, which required a property tax increase. Among those voters was Steve Coyer, an Avon resident who attended the groundbreaking.

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"I've been down to Town Hall a couple times and seen the station there," Coyer said. "I know the hook and ladder truck can't fit there, and Avon's the place where we have these tall buildings and we're going to need it, and the trip down from Cordillera (where the ladder truck is currently housed) is going to take forever."

Avon's new police chief, Greg Daly, said when the idea for the project started taking form, he never expected that he would be the police chief at the new facility. Former Chief Bob Ticer left earlier this year to take over police chief duties in Loveland.

"I was obviously looking forward to being in this facility at whatever rank," Daly said. "We have such an excellent relationship with Eagle River Fire. … Any type of incidents we're on, we work extremely well together, and we're here for the community first, that's our priority."