One’s being redeveloped, the other torn down
Interior demo complete for future Spruce hotel

       The interior demolition stage has been completed in the redevelopment of 105 N. Spruce St. into a Holiday Inn Express.

Spruce Street site, after interior demolition work.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Greg Maxwell, whose G.A. Maxwell company is the general contractor on the project, said this week that reconstruction work “will get more amped” soon, with the schedule calling for the hotel to open by December.
       Plans call for the hotel to have about 100 rooms.
       The 2.44-acre property has a four-story building and a 300-space parking lot.
       The demolition work was handled by Murphy Constructors, a Westside-based company, as a subcontractor to Maxwell. “The building is in real good shape,” said the company's Kevin Murphy, who oversaw the work. Part of the demo included cutting out exterior walls so that big windows can be installed to allow views of the mountains or the downtown, he said.
       From 1972 until 2011, the building was used by El Paso County government. It housed the county's Department of Human Services (DHS) offices.
       But when the DHS moved to the new county location on Garden of the Gods Road, the county put the property on the market, and it was purchased last year by the Jarosz Family LTD Partnership, which also owns the Clarion Hotel a block away on Bijou Street.
       According to Maxwell, the partnership consists of Ted and his wife Tammy Jarosz. Greg Maxwell is Tammy's brother.
       Ted Jarosz has previously said he sought the property because of the building's solid construction and “good visibility.”

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