Construction to start soon on Gabion

       With unanimous approval from the City Planning Commission and receipt of the necessary state geohazard OK, the Gabion Apartments project is moving forward, with groundbreaking hoped for by late summer.

A southwest-facing graphic shows the 2300-block Goodwill properties, along with zoning and maximum building heights. The properties being considered by Kum & Go are at upper left (south of Colorado Avenue). The M-1 zone would need to be changed. The Old Colorado City Historic District is in the next block west. Junior Achievement is planning to buy Goodwill's north side (except for the retail store).
Rendering courtesy of Ryan Lloyd

       The 20-unit project by developer Eddie Bishop is planned on a 1.83-acre property in the 600 block of West Monument Street.
       According to architect Ryan Lloyd, the project's “design team will be completing the construction documents for the next month or so. These will then be submitted to Pikes Peak Regional Building Department for building permits.”
       He predicted construction taking six to nine months.
       Bishop's plan shows the building set well back from the street, with a a design described as neighborhood-compatible.
       The plan has not been controversial, but a Planning Commission vote was needed because apartments are only allowed as a “conditional use” under the existing Office/ Residential zoning on the 1.83-acre property.
       Several commission members praised the plan, among them John Henninger, who said the apartments will be a “boon to the neighborhood,” and Delilah King, who said the developer “did a great job trying to fit in with the community, the intent of the code and the [city] Comprehensive Plan.”

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