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Village at Avon changes ahead

Christine Ina Casillas
The developer of the Village at Avon, which includes the Wal-Mart Supercenter and The Home Depot, is seeking to make some adjustments to the project.
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A proposal to add more homes to the Village at Avon has some Avon Town Council members concerned.

A change in the project includes replacing the proposed school site east of the future full-diamond interchange to the northeast of Interstate 70 and surrounding it by what project developers call a “neo-traditional neighborhood.”

“A neo-traditional neighborhood generally is smaller single-family units designed for local home buyers,” said Shane Bohart, vice president of development for Traer Creek, LLC, the company building the Village at Avon. The sprawling project includes the Wal-Mart Supercenter and The Home Depot.



“There are accessory dwelling units about 700 square feet in size that go above a detached garage,” Bohart said. “They’re used as private lock-off apartments.”

The developer plans to change the residential pods from seven units per acre to 10 units per acre, with 30 percent of the space used as lock-off apartments, Bohart said.



Town Council members raised concerns about the number of residential units Traer Creek wants to add to its initial proposal. Bohart said the addition is a mix to a previously approved amendment established in 1998 when the project was annexed into Avon. The original proposal calls for 2,400 residential units in addition to the sea of commercial space that includes Eagle County’s first two big box retailers.

“I’m concerned about growth,” Avon Town Councilman Ron Wolfe said last week. “We don’t have the ability to control the impact – what is this, where is this, what does it look like – of this project.”

According to a letter by John Dunn, an attorney for the town of Avon, nothing in the original agreement makes reference to the additional residential units being requested by Traer Creek.



According to the development plan, Dunn said, the additional units are to be determined in future amendments and can be developed as mixed-use development – and used as residential, commercial, public and institutional buildings.

“We’ve always been allowed additional density beyond the 2,400 units,” Bohart said. “We’re hoping to clear up the misconceptions about the density sizes and present the merit and logic behind moving the school site.”

The plan that was approved five years ago allowed for 15 dwelling units per acre – plus commercial space – northeast of the interchange.

The residential units will be changed from eight units per acre rather than going up to 15 units per acre, Bohart said.

“We’re actually decreasing in size the total of what was allowed in 1998,” Bohart said.

The proposed school site will be moved because the school district didn’t want to be so close to the off-ramp, stating that the safety of the students was at risk, he said.

The relocation of the school site will be increased from 7.3 acres to about 9 acres, including more recreational space for ballfields, he said.

“It’ll be interesting to see what kinds of observations the Council and the public might make at the public hearing about these changes,” said Larry Brooks, Avon town manager.

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.


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