Thursday, October 31, 2019

Westside block proposed for facelift

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 4:23 PM

If you have something to say about the redevelopment of this Westside block, do so before Nov. 8.

An Austin, Texas, firm, Hickory Pass LP, plans to overhaul buildings at 2306 to 2318 W. Colorado Ave. from an "eyesore" into shops, a rooftop restaurant and a "self-improvement center." (One of the buildings used to be home to Junior Achievement, which now is located at 611 N. Weber St., Suite 201.)

There's no plan to enlarge the buildings. Rather, developers plan to create new facades and awnings to "break up the flat facade and give the visual effect of several small storefronts instead of a monolithic brick wall," as it says in the application.

Here's an artist's rendering included with the submittal to the city for a "minor amendment to  non-existent development plan."

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As compared to what the buildings look like now:

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  • Photos by Pam Zubeck

The developer plans to upgrade the parking lot in back of the building with new fencing to replace the chain link in use today. Here's what it looks like:

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A sign posted in a window says comments are being received through Nov. 8 and should be directed to, 719-385-5369.

She says that under city code, decision rests with staff.

We've reached out to the developer with a few questions and will circle back if and when we hear something.

Here's the proposal as submitted to the city:
Meantime, Front Range Barbeque in that same block plans to begin renovations on the restaurant sometime in the next year, as the Indy reported recently. Owner Brian Fortinberry says he will connect the current restaurant to the house next door, add a new kitchen, enclose their patio and more.

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