Avon land plans meeting to occur on Wednesday
AVON — Town residents are invited to an open house scheduled for Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Avon Town Hall. Topics include future use of several town-owned properties. There will be introductions at 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. to explain the background of the project, how initial concepts were developed and next steps for the process.
Town officials are seeking feedback prior to moving forward with additional public meetings which will eventually focus on prioritization and real-time polling to better collect community priorities. Initial project plans and a working paper, focused on the multi-modal transportation and parking solutions can be found at http://www.avon.org/engage.
Design Workshop and LSC Transportation Consultants have been retained by the town of Avon, to advance previous planning efforts. Both firms have extensive mountain resort experience and will lead the presentations. The project is primarily focused on the future uses on the east side of Nottingham Park near the existing town hall and fire station properties, commonly referred to as Tract G.
Other town-owned properties are also under review, including: a four-acre parcel east of Home Depot and the Wildridge Fire Station site. A fresh look at advancing the town’s multi-modal transportation and parking network will integrate with the land use plans.
Initial conceptual plans for the properties were developed based on a review of existing master plans and input from a two-day work session in February, with more than 60 community stakeholders participating. In-progress concepts for Tract G are:
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Up for review and comment are three distinct concepts for the east side of Nottingham Park, focused on areas adjacent to Lake Street and the Nottingham Performance Pavilion. In all scenarios, the recreation center expansion and a Main Street Pedestrian Mall connection to the park are included.
Highlights of the Tract G plans include:
• “Avon Brimming” (focus on as many programs as possibly fits).
Ice rink and skating ribbon, indoor ice facility, relocated Hahnewald historic barn structure for event staging, events and artists, and a mixed-use building adjacent to the library to include a food collective.
• “Avon in Action” (focus on recreation).
Outdoor event and ice plaza or mini golf in front of recreation center, relocated Hahnewald historic barn structure with adventure and sports museum adjacent to Avon Public Library, covered ice facility, and various picnic, play facilities flanking the park.
• “Avon Advantage” (focus on vitality).
Events pavilion, multi-use event and ice rink plaza, restaurant, gallery and retail or workshare facility adjacent to the library.
Wildridge Fire Station
Two concepts were developed for the Wildridge Fire Station based upon feedback received during the Feb. 22 community meeting, and further study of the property. One scenario maintains and expands first responder housing, with adjacent pocket park retained. A second concept explores the possibility of a Wildridge Community Center, with pocket park, and includes flexible space for meetings, exercise classes, etc. Other ideas from the community meeting include a coffee shop, small general store and deed-restricted resident housing.
Transportation and Parking Plan
A multi-modal transportation and parking plan focusing on the town’s commercial core is being completed. The plan will quantify current parking demand; forecast future parking demand based upon existing zoning and development plans and locate surface and/or structure parking for demand in the core.
Recommendations will integrate concepts from the town’s comprehensive plan to include transit, walking, bike routes, etc. A draft working paper is on the town’s website for review. Initial findings from that background document will be presented at the Wednesday open house. Parking counts were conducted on the Saturday of Presidents Day weekend and the results conclude that the parking supply is currently adequate, and that further pedestrian safety improvements are warranted in the commercial core area.