Traer Creek is a land investment company based in Avon, Colorado. We invest in the community by partnering with businesses, municipalities and individuals to make Avon a vibrant place to live and work.
Traer Creek is most commonly known for the iconic and innovative LEED certified Traer Creek Plaza in Avon, Colorado.
Traer Creek was named after a small creek on the north side of I-70 east of what has become Traer Creek Plaza. Founded by Oscar Traer in 1891, he rode with another local rancher to Central City to "prove up" their respective claims under the federal Homestead Act. Located on an 1,800-acre mixed-use land parcel in the heart of the Vail Valley between Eagle-Vail and Avon and just west of Vail Village.
The Village at Avon property was purchased from Bill Nottingham in 1992 and annexed into the Town of Avon in 1998.
While the 1,800-acre site could have been unincorporated into Eagle County, it was the right thing to do, to be annexed into the Town of Avon. Rather than just being a quiet neighbor, Traer Creek management believed this process was important to assist with the growth of Avon and increasing the overall revenue collected by the Town.
Traer Creek is committed to community oriented, environmentally focused and aesthetically pleasing projects. Core goals of Traer Creek is to instill a sense of pride in the community and lower the cost of living in the Vail Valley.
The Village at Avon’s design philosophy is to distinguish itself by being unique, sustainable, interesting, attractive and respectful of the mountain setting and the surrounding projects within the community.
The overall design theme is to establish an attractive appearance for visitors and residents and yet be flexible enough to allow for affordable design solutions. Previously, Traer Creek worked exclusively with world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson and Nick Milkovich Architects.
The late Mr. Erickson was known for innovative planning and design throughout the world. He was the recipient (awarded fellowship) of the AIA’s (The American Institute of Architects) highest honor, the Gold Medal Award; notable projects include: Al-Buhairat City, Saudi Arabia; the Vancouver Civic Centre; Bunker Hill Redevelopment area of Los Angeles; and the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
Traer Creek Plaza opened in 2006 and, when completed, was the first LEED certified mixed-use retail and office building in Eagle County and one of the first on the Western Slope of Colorado.
By constructing Traer Creek Plaza with the environment in mind, Traer Creek raised the bar for commercial projects in the Vail Valley. The motivation behind creating a sustainable building is the philosophy that in an ever changing world, Traer Creek needs to add to this great community in a responsible manner.