3 proposed property use changes on Westside

       Significant use changes are in early stages of consideration by Colorado Springs Planning at three Westside locations.
       A “wedding and event garden” is proposed for a residential property at 2104 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Kathleen Jalbert, who has owned the 118-year-old Victorian there since 1985, has talked to planners about living upstairs and using the downstairs and the 9,360-square-foot property's outside areas commercially for “small events” that would number up to 25 people. These would include weddings, memorials and baby or bridal showers, Jalbert has told the city.
       A use variance (for public assembly in a residential zone), as well as a non-use variance (to allow overflow parking for event attendees at a nearby lot) would need to be granted by the City Planning Commission, according to planner Heather Rose.
       Nearby residents have been notified and have until Oct. 13 to respond to City Planning at 385-5377. Rose said she has already received some comments, reflecting concerns about noise and parking.
       “We're waiting for public input, then we'll see if she (Jalbert) wants to go forward from there,” Rose said.
       Bob and Heidi Robertson have submitted a pre-application request for a large storage garage on a .17-acre lot that they own - but don't live on -northeast of Vermijo and 23rd streets. The City Planning Commission would need to approve a use variance or rezone from R-2 (two-family residential) to M-1 (light industrial), plus a non-use variance to allow a 10-foot front-yard setback where 25 feet is required, according to Heather Rose, who is also the planner for this proposal.
       She said she received several complaints from neighbors about the proposal during the recently completed comment phase. However, the Robertsons hope to change people's minds at a neighborhood meeting that is to be scheduled, Rose said.
       The owners of 1824 W. Colorado Ave., would like to change the land use for the partially converted house from a single-family residence and restaurant (the Bona Dea Teahouse and Emporium) to professional offices and a restaurant. The request is by Land Patterns, Inc., on behalf of TEA, LLC.
       Comments are being taken until Oct. 10 by planner Rachel Teixeira at 385-5368. Parking issues still need to be resolved, she said. However, the use is in keeping with the .169-acre property's C-5 zone, and a minor development plan for the use change could be administratively approved by City Planning.

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