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Under-construction Kum & Go store will be first in Palmer House redevelopment

Two views of the Kum & Go being built at the northeast corner of Fillmore and Chestnut streets. ABOVE: From the opposite (southwest) corner. BELOW: From Fillmore Street, looking northwest. According to Don Garcia of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Kum & Go built the wall. It's on the boundary line of the property where a Conoco gas station once operated at the former Chestnut and Fillmore intersection next to the interstate. CDOT bought that property last year to use, at least in part, for a realigned southbound off-ramp as part of the upcoming project to replace the Fillmore/I-25 interchange.
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       Construction has started on a new Kum & Go gas station/convenience store on a 68,000-square- foot site at the northeast corner of Chestnut and Fillmore streets, where Chestnut was realigned during last year's Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project.
       This store is scheduled to open in June of 2014, according to Traci Rodemeyer, Kum & Go marketing & communications manager. At about 5,000 square feet with 10 gas pumps, it will be the larger-size style that the Iowa- based chain has gone to in the last couple of years. Earlier stores had been around 3,400 square feet, with fewer pumps.
       This store will be the 12th Kum & Go in the region, including one in Monument and another in Fountain, Rodemeyer said.
       The project is the first in the 14-acre Palmer House property north of Fillmore Street that is being redeveloped by the Bella Fortuna group, headed by long-time area builder John Gatto. Asked about the store/station plan when it was first revealed in 2012, Gatto said, "We liked them [Kum & Go], the size of their stores and the quality of their products. We're excited to have them.
       Before the alignment, Chestnut had gone straight north and south, just west of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange, and gas stations had been at the northwest and southwest corners. Both stations were torn down for right-of-way needs in conjunction with the RTA project and the interchange replacement project that's due to start this summer.

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(Posted 3/10/14; Land: Construction)

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