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Mountain Vista Office Building
Mountain Vista Office BuildingMayor Jennie Fancher has announced that the Town of Avon has negotiated a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire the Mountain Vista Office Building located at 140 West Beaver Creek Boulevard for $1.5 million. With the Town moving forward to garner voter support for relocating the police department to the new joint public safety facility at Buck Creek, the Mountain Vista Office Building, also referred to as Skier Building, will relocate the administrative offices, municipal court, Council Chambers, meeting rooms and community spaces. Funds for the acquisition are budgeted in the Town Hall Renovation/ Relocation Reserve in the 2016 Capital Projects Fund.  No new taxes or tax rate increases are proposed for the purchase of the building and interior finishes. The Town previously negotiated purchase of the building at a price of $3.2 million, but voters rejected financing with certificates of participation in January of 2015.

Last spring, the Town Council initiated an independent space needs analysis and facilities assessment by retaining consultant services. The purpose of the study was to fully evaluate the condition of the current town hall and project future space needs.

The 2006 Avon Comprehensive Plan expressly identified a community goal to relocate the town hall and redevelop the existing town hall site, and so the Town Council also embarked on a visioning exercise – again with outside assistance and community engagement – to evaluate the Comprehensive Plan direction and consider options for the town hall/police station site.

The conclusion of those studies was that the best land use decision and most cost effective option was to move the police station to a joint public safety building at Buck Creek, to relocate town hall to the Mountain Vista Office Building, and to proceed with more visioning work for what can happen in and next to Nottingham Park when the town hall and police are relocated. 

Located on the pedestrian mall, the three-story stone and stucco structure is ideally sized to accommodate the town’s administrative offices, municipal court, Town Council Chambers, meeting space and community uses. Gross square footage of 16,273 feet is equally divided on three floors, with a lot size of 10,840 square feet. Constructed in 2003, the structure has stood as a building shell with minimal interior improvements. The interior finishes are projected by the Town’s consultant to be $3,000,000, with contingency included. The Avon Urban Renewal Authority has available funding resources to finance the interior finishes. 

Planning and evaluation work completed by the Town in support of the decision to advance a purchase offer for the building included: 

--- Town of Avon Facility Assessment and Space Needs Analysis, August 2015 
--- Planning Review and Update of Harry A. Nottingham Park Master Plan, Swift Gulch Master Plan, Lot 5 Development Plan 
--- Avon West District Town Center Investment Plan, 2007 
--- Master Plan for Harry A. Nottingham Park Plan, 2008 
--- Building Inspection Report, February 2016 
--- Structural Engineering Report, February 2016 
--- 2016 Capital Projects Fund, adopted December 2015 
 
The Avon Town Council approved the Purchase and Sale Agreement on April 12, 2016. The process began with public comment at the Council’s March 8, 2016 work session. First reading of an ordinance approving the Purchase and Sale Agreement was approved on March 22, 2016. Second reading of the ordinance, which was accompanied by a public hearing, was approved on April 12, 2016.