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Public meeting Feb. 17 on proposed one-block expansion of OCC's Parking Exempt Overlay

       A proposed one-block expansion of the Old Colorado City Parking Exempt Overlay District will be discussed at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17.
       Led by Michael Turisk of City Land Use Review, the item will be part of the agenda of the Old Colorado City Special Improvement Maintenance District (SIMD) committee, starting at 5 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Pikes Peak National Bank, 2401 W. Colorado Ave.
       The city gives businesses within the Parking Exempt District much greater flexibility on off-street parking requirements - which normally are based on a business' size - because of the close proximity of Old Colorado City's free-parking lots. This parking break also makes it easier for landlords to get and keep tenants, according to Bill Grimes, a member of the SIMD committee (whose members by law must be OCC property owners).
       The current parking overlay is between Colorado and Pikes Peak avenues and 24th and 26th streets.
       Under the proposal, it would be expanded one block to the west, from 26th to 27th streets, between Colorado Avenue and Cucharras streets.
       Turisk had previously presented the idea to the SIMD last July, saying that staff believes the expansion will contribute to the vitality of Old Colorado City. However, he also said at that time that a public meeting would be necessary in case anyone in the nearby residential areas feels the change might cause overflow parking problems.
       For more information, call Turisk at 385-5090 or e-mail mturisk@springsgov.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/9/16; Business: (Changes)

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