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Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Skier Building

I’m working to get out the vote for the new Avon Town Hall. To me, it is a simple matter of establishing a town center on the new mall and freeing up the current site for use more compatible with Nottingham Park. I’ve been inside the Skier Building and it is well laid out for open offices on the second and third floors. The first floor will be council chambers and a community center. Lots of meeting spaces open for use by residents. The costs are fully covered in the town’s finances with no tax increase.

As a 10-year member of the Avon Planning and Zoning Commission, I participated in creating and approving the Town Comprehensive Plan and the West Town Center Plan. They are good plans, but by themselves do not put people on the mall. The empty hole between Bob’s Place and the Sheraton is Lot B. Every year there are some new rumors that a big development is going to happen, but then nothing materializes. We can’t count on Lot B to energize the mall. The new town hall and community center is needed to get that done. For the mall to become viable center of our town, we need to get people using it.

Vote “yes” on this low interest and affordable debt issue — no new taxes of any kind are needed and it provides a great opportunity for park expansion and other creative uses at the current site.

Phil Struve

Avon