Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Skier Building
Dear Avon voters,
This past November you elected four citizens of Avon to represent you and your interests in the town and its future. Minutes after the councilors were sworn into office they voted to send the decision to buy the Skier Building for a new Avon Town Hall to the voters. I will be voting “yes,” and I want to share with you why.
In 2004 when the citizens of Avon first elected me to the Avon Town Council, the economy was booming and many investors and developers were making plans for projects in the town of Avon.. From 2004 to 2008 Avon planning documents were updated, the Municipal Code was revamped, Town Center East and Town Center West investment plans were created and adopted, and the Harry A. Nottingham Park master plan was developed.
You may also recall that the retail portion of the Sheraton development (Skier Building) was complete and vacant at that time. For the next few years the Sheraton did not want to take on tenants as they did not want to be encumbered by them when they proposed changes to their development plan.
The Skier Building is immediately adjacent to Avon town land, including the parking lot most people assume belongs to it, and can easily be incorporated into future plans to improve the neighborhood. Once purchased, the Avon Town Council will update the planning documents before moving forward with development of a parking structure or expansion of the Avon Recreation Center. They will also go through a public planning process before the interior of the Skier Building in finished.
In these planning documents you will find that moving the Avon Town Hall to make room for better use of the current location adjacent to the lake and park was anticipated. Moving the Fire Department and the Avon Police Station to locations north of I-70 were also contemplated and are part of approved projects with better access to Wildridge and Interstate 70.
The current Avon Town Council is open minded, budget conscious and interested in making Avon the best place it can be. The public will be included in the design of the interior finish of the new town hall and in the updates to the planning documents for the park and West Town Center.
Please vote based on the facts as they relate to you, the citizens of Avon. Do not be swayed by the opinions of individuals who are against the project because they do not like the financing and do not want to see Avon become the vibrant town it can become. Determine for yourself the motives of those that think that government should rent not buy, who have decades of experience making money from commercial real estate investments throughout the world but have just recently invested in Avon. I have learned how important it is to understand the motives of every person who publicly voices their opinion.
Please vote “yes” and let’s move Avon forward.