2 Westside outlets for Design Guidelines
Westside homeowners who who would like to have a copy of the “Historic Westside Design Guide-lines” book can pick one up at either the Old Colorado City
History Center or the Westside Community Center. They are free.
City employee Meghan Riesterer said this week she had delivered 50 copies to each location. “The whole intent is to distribute them to the community,” she said. “We're doing whatever we can to make them available.”
Published in December, the Guidelines provide illustrations and detailed information to help people authentically remodel the exteriors of their older Westside houses (dating back to 1958). The city had sponsored three January/ February public meetings at the Westside Center, during which the Guidelines were explained and free copies were given to attendees.
Currently, more than 200 remain of the 350 that were printed, according to Riesterer. In addition to the 100 at the two Westside locations, the remainder will be stored at the Office Service Department in the City Administration Building downtown at 30 S. Nevada Avenue. But if more are needed at either of the Westside locations, all they have to do is ask, she said.
The History Center is at 1 S. 24th St. (phone 636-1225), the Westside Center at 1628 W. Bijou St. (Phone 385-79200.)
The document was written by local architect Steve Obering, with funding from the city and the State Historical Society. During a development process that dates back about seven years, financial and volunteer support has also been provided by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and operates the History Center, and the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN).
The city's Westside Center/History Center distribution plan was worked out after the Westside Pioneer asked Riesterer why a city press release Feb. 22 stated that the Guideline copies left over from the three meetings would be kept downtown - not mentioning a previous offer by the OCCHS to make them available to Westsiders at its History Center.
Riesterer's prompt response - she hand-delivered the books to both centers the same day she was called - pleased OCCHS member Dave Hughes, who has led the nonprofit society's support of a proposed historic overlay zone toward which the Guidelines are a necessary technical step. He said most Westsiders would not want to go downtown to get copies of the books, because of the issues of paying for parking and navigating their way through a large city building they're probably not familiar with.
The OCCHS has tentative plans for Obering to give a future presentation at the History Center, during which the History Center will make Guideline copies available to attendees. No date has been set, but Hughes would like it to be sooner than later to benefit “those wanting to do work on their homes in the spring or summer… The name of the game is to get those copies out so that Westsiders consult it before doing dumb things remodeling or hiring their brother-in-law to redo the roof or porch.”
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