Friday, June 10, 2016

Council takes up shooting, walking

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

click to enlarge The proposed pedestrian bridge. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Courtesy City of Colorado Springs
  • The proposed pedestrian bridge.
A couple of items on Monday's City Council work session agenda are worth noting.

First, Council will hear a presentation from Police Chief Pete Carey, Sheriff Bill Elder and Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer about setting up a shooting range for officer training at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The property in question is within the purview of Colorado Springs Utilities, whose Clear Springs Ranch compound sits adjacent to the proposed shooting range.

We reported on the shooting range relocation on April 20. You can read that story here.

And here's the presentation:
Council also will hear a presentation about progress of building a pedestrian bridge from the proposed Olympic Museum to America the Beautiful Park.

Here's that presentation:
ATB_Ped_Bridge_at_Vermijo_Ave_presentation.pdf The city says it will give away contaminated property next to the park to the developer, which is Nor'wood Development Group, and relinquish all responsibility for the contamination.

We've written about this problem site several times. You can find those stories here and here.

Councilor Bill Murray objects to lumping the land giveaway with the pedestrian bridge, telling the Indy via email:
The only Master Plan is the NORWOOD master plan for downtown development. That is what this land exchange is all about. At the west end of the bridge, on either side, there will be apartments built and managed by Norwood. This property is currently owned by the city. To be traded for a trail space owned by Norwood behind the Park. One of the slides shows, on the west side, white pads left and right of the bridge. Those are building lots. [Kathleen] Kragen [city traffic engineer]/the City is deliberately combining the completion of the bridge with a requirement to trade the land. They should be two separate activities.

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