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You mentioned epoxy. I used epoxy in the utility area of my basement, it turned out great. Definitely not a DIY project IMO, but most places have pros who can do it if you look up “garage floor refinishing.”

That said, if I had it to do over, I would’ve just done a polished concrete finish, like you see in a lot of restaurants and some homes. At the time, the only company I could find to do that only did commercial properties, not residential.

Given your first choice is vinyl, can you use epoxy to level first?
(It could be DIY for such a small area.)

In another part of my basement, I carpeted. The floor dipped at the base of a steel pipe column, and I think the contractor used concrete to fill that in, although it might have been leveling compound. The edges where he feathered did chip off, so I vacuumed that up before the carpet went down. So, a bit of a seam instead of perfectly smooth, but not a problem under carpet.
Might be a problem under vinyl.

Also, no one’s going to walk on the floor that close to a column, so if/when it does dry and crack, it shouldn’t crunch.

Decades ago, a contractor used leveling compound on a plywood subfloor, under vinyl, in my kitchen. It was lumpy, so he had to remove it and do it over. Second time was fine. The kitchen table went over it, so I don’t know if it would’ve been a problem with people walking on it.
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