Developer says no more flagpoles
Those caught off guard by the new 150-foot flagpole at the Village at Avon will not be surprised again, said Magnus Lindholm, of Traer Creek LLC, the developer of the shopping center.The $150,000, purplish-blue flagpole standing at the south end of the parking lot between Wal-Mart and The Home Depot has generated strong emotions – both pro and con – since it was put up a few weeks ago. “We don’t have plans for anything out of the ordinary, only nice buildings,” Lindholm said. Next on tap at the development east of Avon is a 54,000-square-foot retail and office building that will have a sod and glass roof. “I don’t like buildings more than four stories high. This will be one of the coolest buildings in Colorado,” Lindholm said. “To me the most important thing is that this project becomes first class in every sense.”
But Jeb Jennings, one of dozens of people who attended a June 22 Avon Town Council meeting to protest the 12-story flagpole that will be dedicated today, said he has lost faith in the whole project. “(Lindholm) has lost credibility,” said Jennings, 49, of Eagle-Vail. “If we had known about the flagpole ahead of time, it would have given us more time to more effectively voice our concerns. In all my life, I have never seen such an enormous flagpole.” To avoid surprises in the future, Lindholm, who remains proud of the flagpole, suggests people follow the town’s permit process. Although the Village at Avon has its own Design Review Board, which reviews the projects there, Traer Creek still needs to get building permits from the town. “The town of Avon knew about the flagpole for a year,” Lindholm said. “There’s a democratic way to do this and we have done it. We have done nothing wrong.” Jennings said he supported the Village at Avon in the beginning. But now, he said he is concerned with what Lindholm calls “nice.” “Whatever (Lindholm) says in the future will be tainted by his actions,” Jennings said. “The flagpole isn’t in good taste.” Lindholm said he has received a few calls from people against the flagpole, but he has also received many supporting it.
“The silent majority loves this flagpole,” Lindholm said. “We hung the flag for 10 minutes on Thursday and we had 14 calls of people saying they love it.” Lindholm said he expects to break ground soon on 500 homes on the north side of Interstate 70 and another commercial building next to the Eagle River.Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. ==========================================
Flag dayWhat: Flag inaugurationWhere: Parking lot between The Home Depot and Wal-MartWhen: Noon to 2 p.m.Includes: Tribute to veterans, speech by Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds, free BBQ==========================================
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