Boy Scout Council buys Bally’s

       The Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America has bought the former Bally's building at 985 W. Fillmore St. and plans to move its service center and Hibbard Scout Shop there sometime next spring.
       “We're excited about it,” said Ian Lilien, the council executive. “It's not just a Scout office, it's an activity center also.”
       The 14,720-square-foot space will be nearly three times the size of the previous facility in the 500 block of East Uintah Street, according to Carol Rothans, a council administrator.
       The council represents close to 10,000 Scouts in more than 300 units in an eight-county geographical area roughly bounded by Monument, the Kansas border, Pueblo and Hartsel. The location is central to the this area, the property price was good and the proximity of the interstate is a plus, according to Rothans.
       Tentative plans call for the building to be gutted and remodeled, with the façade changed to look like a “Scout hut with timbers,” Rothans said. “It will be a nice spot.”
       A key benefit of the added space will be that training can be provided within the building instead of people having to go off site, she added.
       The Council moved out of the Uintah location in July and is temporarily housed at 2760 N. Academy Blvd.

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