District 11 just announced the completion of the sale of the former Ivywild elementary school to Mike Bristol, Joseph Coleman and Jim Fennell.
The gist is that Bristol Brewing Company will gain a much-needed increase in brewing capacity as well as new office space in Ivywild and an expanded tasting room, complete with food offerings. An offshoot of the Blue Star, the Old School Bakery, will also find a home there, likely integrating coffee service.
"I'm just excited," says Bristol. "We've had so much support from the neighborhood and community and we're excited to get this built for them and us."
Several other community tie-ins have been planned, including the construction of a greenhouse and community gardens via Pikes Peak Urban Gardens that will grow products for elements of the new Ivywild. A gymnasium will allow space for such activities as yoga classes and KRCC community events; and an arts component (gallery space, etc.) is also in serious discussion.
"We're really excited about what's gonna happen," says Coleman. "If we achieve what we're hoping to achieve, it should be very, very cool."
You can read the full D-11 press release here: