Lingering Gates project gets extension |

Lingering Gates project gets extension

Nicole Frey

AVON The dirt pit with a colorful history near the roundabout between Avon and Beaver Creek has started to fill up with snow. Slated for condominiums and timeshares, the stop-and-go project called the Gates at Beaver Creek has been on hold since contractors walked off the job in June claiming they hadn’t been paid. But the project recently gained a second – or is it third or fourth? – lease on life. The Avon Town Council recently agreed to give development company CSC Land two more years to produce something in the dirt hole by extending a building permit, zoning and other parts of the development agreement. Developer Chris Payne didn’t win any brownie points with council as he entered a recent meeting unprepared. Payne failed to bring the signed loan commitment for the project, which council members had demanded. Payne blamed the bank for the delay, adding he didn’t want to push the bank, lest the loan officers deny his loan request. He also blamed concrete and steel rationing for the construction’s slow going. “We’ve been trying to fulfill our promises to council,” he said. Although Avon’s town attorney, John Dunn, recommended denying the extension, the town council voted 4-2 for approval. “I have a real problem with this scenario,” said Councilwoman Tamra Nottingham Underwood, who also voted against CSC’s last extension in September. “We have been exceedingly flexible with this project, and I can’t entertain it anymore. I don’t think it’s good for the town.”Tambi Katieb, Avon’s director of community development, acknowledged the project has had “numerous difficulties, financial and otherwise,” but nonetheless recommended the extension.CSC has since paid $250,000 to be used to restore the building site if the company can’t complete the project. The developer has also reimbursed Avon’s legal fees surrounding the project. And CSC must also have a signed copy of its loan recorded with the town by Jan. 10. “If we don’t have it by then, then it’s all off,” Katieb said. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or Vail, Colorado

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