Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Utilities will fund water and sewer relocations for Olympic Museum area

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 5:14 PM

click to enlarge Construction is under way on the Olympic Museum at Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Construction is under way on the Olympic Museum at Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue.
Colorado Springs Utilities is preparing to spend $1.3 million on water and wastewater line replacement and relocation to accommodate the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame and other development in the lower downtown area.

On the Wednesday, Oct. 18, Utilities Board agenda, Utilities proposes to fund 55 percent of a $1.9 million relocation of a wastewater line from the alley between Sahwatch and Sierra Madre streets to Sahwatch between Colorado Avenue and Cimarron Street.

The remaining cost, $875,000, would be paid by adjacent property owners, which is comprised mostly if not all by Nor'wood Development Group. Nor'wood is the master developer of the Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal Area.

The existing pipe is old and doesn't meet current standards, Utilities CEO Jerry Forte said in a memo the Utilities Board, comprised of City Council.

An eight-inch water main in Vermijo Avenue needs to be relocated due to its age, the memo says, which will cost about $275,000, all of which would be funded by Utilities under an executive agreement with the city.

The idea is to authorize the projects so they can be coordinated with streetscape work next year, to be funded with Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and city funds.

Or as the memo says, "Future cost savings and extending infrastructure integrity can be achieved when City or private sector-required utility modifications are collaboratively addressed to minimize or eliminate future street cuts...."

The Olympic Museum, which broke ground in June, is slated to open in mid-2019.

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