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All Silver Key services now at South Murray site; bus stop a block away

      
On July 25, two days before the last day at 2250 Bott Ave., Silver Key Senior Services receptionist Karen Bartlett casts a wistful glance across the lobby (now permanently closed). The handicapped-accessible ramp (left) was in place most of the years after the nonprofit moved to Bott in 1978. The photographer even recalls then-Colorado Governor Roy Romer walking up that ramp during a visit in 1988.
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Update, Aug. 4: Silver Key has announced a "warehouse sale" of office furniture and other items at its former Bott Avenue location Friday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

       Although final items may be getting moved until mid-August, Silver Key Senior Services officially relocated July 27 from its 38-year home at 2250 Bott Ave.
       The new site, 1625 S. Murray Blvd., is a complex of one-story buildings east of Academy Boulevard, a block south of Fountain Boulevard.
       The nonprofit agency provides a range of services for elderly in the metro Colorado Springs area, and the move has been described as a chance to improve and centralize services while leaving room for future expansion.
       However, one amenity is currently less favorable. The Bott Avenue Silver Key had a city bus stop beside it, while the Murray location does not. The closest stop (on Route 22) is a block away, at the intersection of South Murray and Fountain Boulevard. The actual distance from the stop to the site is about 250 feet, according to Vicki McCann, spokesperson for Mountain Metropolitan Transit, which is part of the city's Public Works Transit Services Division.
       "We are aware that Silver Key has moved and we will monitor the situation," she said.
       Transit access from most locations on the Westside would require three different buses, with the first taking the rider to the bus depot downtown. From there, transfer to Route 8 and then, at the Citadel Mall transfer station, to Route 22.
       Silver Key itself provides types of specialized transportation for people over age 60, for which advance registration is necessary. These can include rides to the Murray facility (as was available at Bott), according to Lorri Orwig, Silver Key's chief development officer. For more information, call 884-2300 or go to silverkey.org.
       Contacted shortly before Bott's final day, Orwig said the move is on schedule. The agency has sold the 2-acre property to a group that includes Colorado Green Chili and Craddock properties. As such, the agency is technically a tenant at this point and has until Aug. 15 to fully move out, she said.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/29/16, updated 8/4/16; Community: Charitable)

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