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Rebuild starts off Villas project

       The first building construction in the Villas at Mesa Park subdivision is actually a reconstruction. An existing 56-year-old home on the property at 1905 Mesa Road - where developer Walt Hieronymous himself had lived for the past four years - is being completely gutted in preparation for a new interior and modern, energy-efficient utilities, he said this week.

Crews are shown at work completely renovating Walt Hieronymous' former residence at 1905 Mesa Road this week, as a prelude to building activity in his Villas at Mesa Park subdivision just behind it.
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       His thinking is that the major upgrade to the highly visible house will draw favorable attention to the gated 11-lot subdivision behind it - accessible via a private street that lines up with 19th Street east of the Mesa-19th intersection.
       The work will probably take about two months. Because of the interior redesign, plus an addition and a new garage with living quarters above it, the structure will be transformed from the former 1,593-square-foot 2-bedroom, 1 -bath residence to one offering 2,250 square feet with five bedrooms and four baths. An added feature, Hieronymous said, will be a 6-foot-high berm in front to buffer the house from street traffic.
       The finished product, sitting on a 22,000-square-foot lot, is expected to go on the market for around $450,000.
       Customizing has not been ruled out on the 11 lots, ranging in size from 8,000 to 20,000 square feet, in the 4.1-acre Villas subdivision (which also borders Sondermann Park). However, Hieronymous said he will suggest that buyers use the plans he and his architect have developed for house placement and design on each lot.
       Later this year, he plans to build a show home on one of the lots, he added.
       Motorists on Highway 24 have been getting an eyeful this spring as construction continues on the 6,500-square-foot Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q just south of the highway off 31st Street.
       That eyeful got a little bigger this week as crews began work on an extension of Highway 24's westbound left turn lane onto 31st Street, as required by the state to handle the anticipated new traffic caused by the restaurant. The work, which has caused temporary lane closures as a result, will lengthen the lane from 335 to 650 feet, according to plans.
       Project superintendent Rick Rasberry said he now expects the new Rudy's - the first in Colorado - to open by late May or early June.
       The restaurant chain currently has about 20 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
       VIP Nails & Spa, 308 S. 8th St., Suite C, has a new owner.
       John Bao Nguyen moved to Colorado Springs from Denver to take over the business.
       The shop offers complete nail service for men and women, including manicures, pedicures and artificial nails. Waxing is also available.
       VIP is open Monday through Saturday. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.
       The phone is 520-1405.
       The opening reception for El Dorado Fine Art Gallery's 29th annual Miniatures Show will be Sunday, April 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.
       The show, in which paintings can be no bigger than 25 square inches and sculptures 216 cubic inches or less, will continue through May 16.
       The gallery is at 2627 W. Colorado Ave. For more information call 634-4075 or go to

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