Avon plans for hotels, condos | SummitDaily.com

Avon plans for hotels, condos

eagle county correspondent

AVON ” A $300 million riverside development that will connect Avon to Beaver Creek via a gondola, and also is meant to revitalize the town’s 27-year-old shopping area, was revealed Tuesday.

The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, on 19 acres just north of the Eagle River and west of Avon Road, will feature a high-speed, eight-person gondola that will connect to the Beaver Creek express lifts at Bachelor Gulch.

A seven-story, 200-room hotel ” about two-thirds the size of Beaver Creek’s Park Hyatt ” will also house a restaurant, spa and fitness facility, meeting space and underground parking. Flanking the hotel will be timeshares, residential units and approximately 40,000 square feet of retail shops.

If Avon approves the plan this year, excavation and construction could begin next summer, and the gondola would carry its first skiers during the 2007-2008 ski season, said Chuck Madison of East West Partners, the company developing the riverfront.

Vail Resorts was granted development approvals in 1998, but redevelopment of the land, which once held a mobile home park, didn’t gain any traction until East West Partners purchased the property and began its riverfront designs in earnest eight months ago.

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