Hidden gas station with rooftop park planned
AVON Homes or businesses – which does Avon need more of? Some Avon Town council members are saying homes, but developer Traer Creek, which built Wal-Mart and The Home Depot, is asking for more commercial space.The Village at Avon developer recently met with Avon to discuss plans for the next phase of construction on a 31-acre parcel of land east of Home Depot.Plans call for four-plex homes to take up about three-fourths of the parcel, said Dan Christopherson, spokesman for Traer Creek. Although the entire parcel is meant to be developed residentially, Traer Creek wants to build shops and offices like a neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant and dental clinic, on the rest of the parcel.”I like the homes, but I didn’t like all the commercial,” Councilwoman Kristi Ferraro said. “I don’t want the area to be an eyesore, and I worry that all that commercial isn’t going to be very attractive.”
Besides the aesthetics of the area, Ferraro said Eagle County and Avon already have too much land set aside for commercial development.Plans for the commercial portion also include a gas station that will be green both literally and figuratively. The gas station will have a sod canopy complete with trees and grass, which will be open as a park. The greenery will conceal a car wash and service bays. Clever landscaping will make the gas station almost indistinguishable, Christopherson said. “The whole idea is to make it blend in,” he said. “The whole building green thing is going to be a trademark of Traer Creek.”Traer Creek president Magnus Lindholm also plans to offer gas at lower prices than other stations around the valley – 5 to 10 cents more than Denver prices, Christopherson said.
“Magnus Lindholm has felt very strongly that locals are getting a bad deal on gas,” Christopherson said. “This has been a mission for him.”And when the technologies are more widespread, the station will offer bio-diesel and hydrogen fuels The perks, however, may not be enough to win over Ferraro.”They do very nice buildings, but I don’t necessarily like their uses,” Ferraro said. “It’s an attractive gas station, but I’d rather not see a gas station.”Ferraro will get her wish with the homes that will be largely sold to full-time residents, according to Christopherson, who added deed restrictions will ensure they stay that way. The sites for the proposed elementary school and ambulance and fire stations have also changed, moving east toward the planned four-plexes. While Christopherson saw the meeting at a “very positive session,” Mayor Ron Wolfe said he still needs answers to many questions. “I think we have a long way to go,” he said.Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Vail, Colorado