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More shops requested on McGrady Acres

Matt Zalaznick

The furor was settled when the developer, Traer Creek, agreed to build a cul-de-sac at the east end of Eaglebend Drive to block traffic expected to be generated by the McGrady Acres businesses and the megastores at the Village at Avon across the railroad tracks.

Residents feared a surge in cars traveling back and forth to the stores would ruin their usually quiet street.

Traer Creek owns most of McGrady Acres. But the owner of a sliver of land called Lot 6 in McGrady Acres, Michael Bowen, has now asked to be annexed from Eagle County into the town of Avon.

He has also requested a “neighborhood commercial” zoning designation that would allow him to build a restaurant, office building, carwash, retail shop or church on his lot.

At a past Avon Town Council meeting, Bowen said he wanted the ability to build shops because Nottingham Ranch Road, which runs alongside the land, is being expanded from a windy back road to a four-land boulevard that will connect U.S. Highway 6 and Interstate 70.

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The new, potentially much busier road would make the land unsuitable for homes or apartments, Bowen said.

Bowen’s request has received preliminary approval from the Town Council. A final vote will be taken after a public hearing on his request at 5:30 p.m. July 9.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at

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