Here are some facts that Avon’s elected leadership is not telling you….
Avon’s massive Westin Hotel and Gondola sits on a parcel of land (~19 acres) known in Avon as the confluence. It now belongs to East West Partners.
In the original written agreement (VR owned the 19 acres at that time) to develop this land – it was agreed to by an earlier Avon Town Council – that development of these 19 acres WOULD INCLUDE a PUBLIC PARKING structure, affordable housing and a convention center. Don’t believe the ECT? Ask current Avon Councilmember Buz Reynolds – he’ll tell you.
So where are these things today on the 19 acres?
Answer: Negotiated away by several members of Avon’s current Town Council – in return for practically nothing from East West…Yes, the ECT can name, names.
Result of this EWP developer give-a-way? An unmerciful parking problem all over Avon’s downtown areas.
Proof: Just visit any Avon business parking lot and you will see signs in their parking lots THREATENING tourists and residences a like – with towing, booting, ticketing you name it. Restrictive Parking Signs at which Avon businesses? First Bank, Alpine Bank, City Market, Post Office, Avon Center, the Library, the Westin, Office Depot (even Avon’s Municipal building) Sunridge, Burger King…the list is endless.
Side Note: The only place in Avon where automobiles are not currently being threatened is in the parking lot of Avon developer Traer Creek’s Wal-Mart & Home Depot. It comes as no surprise to the ECT gang, that Avon’s Town Council is currently suing Traer Creek in District Court.
So what does this have to do with Avon’s CAN proposal?
Avon’s Council wants to make Avon’s core areas more pedestrian friendly among other things. OK, Council so just where would you like us to park, in order for Avon’s residences and tourists to start walking around?
The Council’s answer is in their CAN proposal… Raise Taxes with a new Avon ballot initiative this November. To pay for what? Why, a new downtown public parking structure, of course!
ECT Comment: Although this new CAN proposal is perhaps laced with good-intensions, the majority of the current Avon Town Council’s track record proves this crew is not up to the task of improving Avon. An Avon tax increase this November? Out of the question in this economy. Four seats up on Avon’s Town Council this November – it’s time to hit the ‘reset’ button in Avon and see what a new less litigious majority on Avon’s Town Council can do after November.