Biz Buzz:
3 lots into 2 in Mesa Springs

       A proposal to allow two homes on a quarter-acre of undeveloped property in the Mesa Springs area has been submitted to City Land Use Review.
       The technical request from self-employed finish carpenter Carter True is to replat the space from the current three lots into two. The location is the southeast corner of Washington and Chestnut streets, west of the public alley.
       Land Use is taking comments on the proposal through Oct. 4, according to a mailing sent to residents in the neighborhood. The city planner is Erin McCauley, at 385- 5369 or
       Asked about his project, True said he plans to build small, craftsman-style dwellings, similar in design to the one he erected in 2008 at 11 N. 17th St. He had lived in that house before selling it in June.
       The homes around the Chestnut-Washington site are “sort of a mix,” True said, consisting chiefly of construction from the '60s and '70s.
       In a communication to the city, he described the site's presently platted three-lot configuration as “unbuildable.” The new layout would result in two lots of 5,625 square feet each. True said he plans to first build a home on the westerly lot, facing Washington Street, and live in it himself, then build the second home, facing Chestnut Street, “in the near future.”
       “I'll be proud to make cool houses in that neighborhood,” True said. “I'm looking forward to it.”
       Local Rudy's leads chain
       When Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q opened its first Colorado restaurant in early June at 31st Street and Highway 24, manager Glen Loth said he couldn't predict how well it might do.
       Then came the summer, and passersby could readily see the cars filling up the parking lot day after day.
       So how has Rudy's - one of 28 locations in a Texas-based chain - been doing?
       Loth grinned, a little wearily, when asked that question this week. “We've done the best business of all the locations since we opened,” he replied.
       A slight drop-off is expected in the winter, but Loth said the number of customers could rise even higher next summer, when more travelers will have heard about the Colorado site.
       Art event not on this year
       Art on the Avenue, a public event in Old Colorado City which had featured a number of local artists in an annual event for the past five years (including a plein air competition in 2009) will not take place this fall.
       Sharon Wolff, an Old Colorado City gallery owner who also helps organize its monthly Art Walks, said the reason is that “there are too many other events planned for this time of the year in Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs.”
       Most visible among the upcoming Old Colorado City events are Scarecrow Days from Oct. 1 to 31, sponsored by the Historic District Merchants; and the Giant Pumpking Weigh-off Oct. 2, sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
       Gallery fetes 22nd year
       In conjunction with the monthly Art Walk, the Velez Gallery will celebrate its 22-year anniversary Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Owned by brothers Michael and Andrew Velez, the business opened in 1988, moving to Old Colorado City in 2009.

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