Kum & Go: OWN board votes no; 3 on maintenance board question location

       In a 7-0 straw-poll vote, the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board of directors expressed non-support June 13 for the proposed Kum & Go convenience store/gas station on property currently owned by Goodwill Industries near the Old Colorado City Historic Shopping District.

In April 1988, Peyton resident Jan Rivera contracted to take the minutes for the Old Colorado Security & Maintenance District Advisory Board. The meeting June 19 was her last. She said she has decided to close her typing and word-processing business. "We appreciate you so much," commented Board President Jim Heikes over farewell lemonade and brownies.
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       “The sense of the board was that it was not in keeping with the desired historical nature of Colorado Avenue,” state the minutes of OWN's June 13 meeting.
       The suggested property is on the opposite (south) side of the 2300 block - nearly two acres between 23rd and 24th streets that includes Goodwill's long-time donation and processing center.
       Also discussing the matter was the board of the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, at its June 19 meeting. No vote was taken, but board members Jim Heikes, John Georgeson and Judy Kasten expressed puzzlement as to why Kum & Go thinks the site is viable.
       Heikes and Georgeson said that consideration is being given to narrowing Colorado Avenue from four to two lanes, which could reduce avenue traffic. It's a “dumb location,” George-son summarized.
       And Kasten pointed out that another convenience store/gas station already exists between 27th and 28th streets.
       Kum & Go, a national chain, has shown a preliminary plan to the city that calls for the demolition of the center and other Goodwill buildings on the south side. A formal submittal has not yet occurred, and in any case no work could start without hearings by the City Planning Commission and City Council. Should approval be granted, Kum & Go would buy the property from the non-profit agency.
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside. The maintenance district board is appointed by City Council to manage the special Old Colorado City taxing district.

Editor’s note: The public meeting on the proposed Kum & Go will be Thursday, June 27 in a meeting room inside the Goodwill building at 2320 W. Colorado Ave. For more information, call Ryan Tefertiller of City Land Use Review at 385-5382.

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