For Immediate Release | March 17, 2016
Citizens encouraged to participate in the decision process
Avon Town Council Moves Forward to Address Findings that the Current Town Hall Should be Relocated as the Least Cost Option
Avon, CO – In January of 2015, Town Council appointed an ad hoc committee, including community members, Councilors and staff, to evaluate the current Town Hall, its condition and the needed space for staff and civic meeting space today and into the future. From the recommendations of the committee, in May 2015, the Town of Avon commissioned Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. to conduct a detailed facility assessment of the existing Town Hall, which in 2007 had been identified as insufficient and physically depreciated, and to develop a detailed space needs analysis for Town services, including the Police Department.
The finding of the report, presented to Council on August 25, 2015, concluded, “a major building remodel will be required to address the sheer number and extent of issues…it is likely more cost prohibitive to correct all the deficiencies than to build a new facility.” The report included options for relocation and renovation, which documented that relocation to the Mountain Vista Office Building, if it could be acquired at a significantly lower price, was the least cost option to address the Town Hall facility needs, matched with the Police Department moving to the proposed Joint Public Safety Facility.
Subsequent to the report, the Town Council also embarked this past fall on a visioning exercise – again with outside assistance and community engagement – to evaluate all town owned property, including the current Town Hall site, park and fire station. The Council sought to reaffirm and/or update the adopted land use plans of the Town which, in 2006, 2007 and 2008, all showed relocation of Town Hall across what is today Lake Street as a preferred decision.
From these efforts, the Town Council has moved forward with the least cost option, which does not require any new taxes or tax rate increases: Relocation of the Town Hall to the Mountain Vista Office Building, with the Police Department moving into a new Joint Public Safety Facility.
The first decision has been to propose relocation of the Police Department to a new Joint Public Safety Facility at Nottingham Road at the Buck Creek site. The proposed facility includes relocation of the current Avon Fire Station, by the Eagle River Fire Protection District, to a regional fire station. A ballot question is before Avon voters on May 3rd
to approve financing of the building, in an amount not to exceed $6.5 million. Current tax revenues will support the debt needed for the Police Department. Information on the Joint Public Safety Facility can be found at www.avon.org
The second action is to relocate all other Town services to the Mountain Vista Office Building at 140 West Beaver Creek Boulevard, across from the Seasons on the Main Street Mall. The building, which has remained vacant since it was constructed 11 years ago, meets the space demands and locational needs of the Town. Council, with the close assistance of citizen advisor Mr. Mark Kogan, was able to negotiate a new sales price for the 14,733 square foot building, of $1.5 million. The purchase price and renovation estimate of $3.0 million has been demonstrated as the least cost option. Relocation to the Office Building also is seen as adding vibrancy to the Mall, and most importantly opening up the Harry A. Nottingham Park for new recreational and cultural amenities in the future. The monies currently are budgeted in the Capital Projects Fund for acquisition and tax increment financing from the Urban Renewal Authority is available for the completion of the Office Building. No new taxes or tax rate increases will be required.
A work session was held at the March 8th
Town Council meeting on the Mountain Vista Office Building purchase. The purchase of the Mountain Vista Office Building requires Town Council approval through two readings of an Ordinance. First reading is set for next Tuesday, March 22nd
and the public is encouraged to attend the meeting or provide comment for the public record to Town Clerk Debbie Hoppe at email@example.com
Additional opportunities are available to the public to learn about the relocation plan for Town Hall and proposed Joint Public Safety Facility. Please note the following public outreach meetings:
- Town Info Booth at the Après Avon Spring Concert in Possibility Plaza – March 18th – 4:30 to 8:45 p.m.
- Town Info Booth at the Après Avon Spring Concert in Possibility Plaza – March 25th – 4:30 to 8:45 p.m.
- Public Safety Facility Public Meeting at the Avon Police Department – March 23rd – 5:30 p.m.
- Town of Avon Civic Engagement Meeting at the Wildridge Fire Station – April 4th – 5:30 p.m.
- Public Safety Facility Public Meeting at the Avon Fire Station – April 11th – 5:30 p.m.
- Public Safety Facility Public Meeting at the Avon Police Department – April 27th – 5:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Executive Assistant to the Town Manager Preston Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org