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Study: Avon’s Nottingham Rd. best for fire station

AVON, Colorado ” The Nottingham Road area ” where the Eagle River Fire Protection District has targeted land for condemnation ” is the best of several possible locations for a new Avon fire station, says a consultant’s draft report.

Landowner Jim Pavelich has vowed to fight the attempt to condemn his 1-acre property across the street from Pizza Hut. But the district says his land is the right place for the Avon fire station, which is getting squeezed out of the core of Avon because of redevelopment.

“Quite honestly, everything we have seen so far says (Pavelich’s land) is the best site available to us right now,” said Bruce Mielke, a member of the board of directors of the fire district.

Land the district owns near Wal-Mart would be less ideal for a relocated station, the report says.

“This site is not recommended because there is substantial degradation to the response time of the Avon core, Wildridge, Mountain Star and Bachelor Gulch, as well as diminished backup response to Edwards,” says the draft report by Almont Associates, a consultant for the fire district.

Putting the fire station near Nottingham Road will improve response to Wildridge, Mountain Star and Eagle-Vail, the report said.

The study used the benchmark of an eight-minute response time.

The report also mentions two other pieces of land that were considered for the station: a lot at 730 Nottingham Road near the intersection with Metcalf Road, plus the western edge of Beaver Creek’s East Day Lot.

The 730 Nottingham Road site is not ideal because it would require trucks to have to back up into the station, which would stop traffic, the report said. The site also would diminish response times to Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek, the report said.

Using Beaver Creek’s East Day Lot for a fire station isn’t ideal, either, the study said. The fire district has had discussions with Vail Resorts about using the land for a fire station, but those discussions don’t seem promising, Mielke said.

“This site is not the best location to serve the Avon core, Wildridge and Mountain Star,” the study said.

Wildridge has its own fire station, but it is not staffed all of the time.

The final version of the report will be presented to the board of directors of the fire district at its May 15 meeting. The directors suggested several changes to the report before it is approved, Mielke said.

The fire district, which serves a wide swath of land that stretches from Red Cliff to Wolcott, has filed a petition to condemn Pavelich’s land.

Downtown Avon, where the Avon fire station is now located, is undergoing a redevelopment, and there are no plans for a new station there, town and fire district officials say.

Eminent domain powers allow governments to take land for public uses, paying “just compensation.”

Pavelich, a co-founder of the Vail Daily who later sold the paper to its current parent company, says he will fight the condemnation efforts. He says there are better, less expensive places for the fire station. He has cited land along Nottingham Road as well as near City Market.

Pavelich said he plans a retail-office-housing project for his land. The district offered to buy the land for $2 million, but Pavelich said it is worth much more.

Pavelich did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday evening.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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