Traer Creek History

The Village was originally ranch land as is typical of the Vail Valley. The original patent was by Oscar Traer in 1891; ownership passed through several hands, ending with Willis Nottingham in 1945.  

In 1992, Bill Notthingham sold the site of the Avon Short Take-Off and Landing Airport (STOLport) once operated by Rocky Mountain Airways. The STOLport was located northeast of the Town of Avon. Additional land bordering the northern side of the STOLport site was also acquired.  This additional land straddles I-70 and encompasses the south-facing mountain slope overlooking I-70, Avon, Beaver Creek and Eagle Vail. 

In total, the STOLport property and the additional land acquired from Bill Nottingham cover approximately 1,800 acres situated, at the time of purchase, in unincorporated Eagle County. 

In 1998, the Avon Town Council unanimously voted to annex this land into the Town of Avon as The Village at Avon. 

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Historic Milestones

2002-Present -  Traer Creek Metropolitan District (a quasi-municipal entity with its own board and a fiduciary to its constituents) either constructs, conveys, and provides compensation for i) New I-70 full-diamond [M1] interchange (exit #168); ii) Post Blvd; iii) six (6) roundabouts; iv) the Union Pacific railroad underpass; v) Chapel Place connection; vi) East Beaver Creek Blvd Phases I-II; vii) Swift Gulch Road; viii) Highway 6 trail exaction.

2002 - Ground is broken on a new Walmart Supercenter and Home Depot at The Village at Avon.

2003 - Walmart Supercenter and Home Depot open a quarter mile from the new interchange.

2003 - Buffalo Ridge Affordable Housing opens and provides approximately 244 affordable housing dwelling units.

2004 - The Arthur Erickson designed colonnade canopy that diffuses the frontage of Walmart and The Home Depot shopping center is one of twelve projects honored in the 2004 Wood Design Awards offered through Wood Design and Building and Wood Le Bois magazines.

2004 - Traer Creek begins providing, at no cost, a site for Eagle Valley Sustainability Alliance's recycling center in Avon.

2005 - The “colonnade canopy” wins acclaim in Architectural Magazine for “redesigning the big boxes.”

2005 - Traer Creek welcomes Beaver Creek Rodeo, at no cost, to the western edge of the valley floor

2006 - Traer Creek, confirming its commitment to developing a complete and safe community, donates land immediately adjacent to I-70 exit #168 to the Eagle County Health Services District without any obligation to do so. This ends the District’s ten-year-search for a desperately needed, strategic site in the Town of Avon.

2006 - Traer Creek Plaza, the Valley’s first LEED certified mixed use retail and office space commercial building, opens in the fall of 2006. The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Colorado Construction awards Traer Creek Plaza with the Gold Hard Hat prize for Outstanding Mixed-Use Project. Traer Creek Plaza wins a Building of America Award presented by The Real Estate & Construction Review – Colorado Edition. Traer Creek is also nominated for the Vail Valley Partnership’s Green Business of the Year Award and is selected as one of the three finalists.

2008 - The Eagle County Health Service District’s Ambulance Response Station opens, completing construction of an architecturally unique and LEED Silver-certified building, following Traer Creek’s lead in its concern for the environment and innovative design.

Future - Construction of Planning Area A, the Village’s core, will begin.  Planning has gone through many iterations, but the Village Core is designed to fully integrate commercial and residential uses. Construction of the eastern edge of the valley floor will include commercial and will transition into residential uses to the west.