Traer Creek, Avon trial set for Halloween
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado – A trial date has been set for the lawsuit between the town and developers of the Wal-Mart shopping center.
The trial begins Oct. 31 and is scheduled to wrap up Nov. 25, said Patty Seifers, a judicial assistant at the Eagle County courthouse. Judge Thomas Moorhead is presiding, she said.
Avon Mayor Rich Carroll and Traer Creek spokesman Michael Lindholm declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.
The lawsuit heading to court is a combination of two separate disputes between the town and developers of Village at Avon.
Avon officials claim the Traer Creek Metropolitan District owes more than $3 million in outstanding payments, mostly for municipal services and reimbursement of sales taxes the town lost when the downtown Wal-Mart closed. The metro district disputes that.
Traer Creek LLC, on the other hand, is suing the town over a disagreement involving Traer Creek Plaza. Developers want to divide the plaza into individual units that could be sold. Town officials have refused to put the request on the town’s meeting agenda, citing concerns over parking and the outstanding dispute with the metro district.
With a court battle brewing, the Village at Avon project has been on hold. So far, developers have built the shopping center with Wal-Mart and Home Depot, the adjacent plaza that houses ZaccaZa! and other stores, plus 250 affordable homes in the Buffalo Ridge neighborhood.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.