Goodwill invites public to Oct. 26 meeting on future of avenue’s 2300 block

       Westsiders will get a chance to offer their opinions on what should happen with the Goodwill property after Goodwill leaves.
       A public meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria/meeting room inside the Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs administrative building, 2320 W. Colorado Ave.
       The nonprofit company has previously announced plans to relocate next year, consolidating facilities it has all around the city into a large building on Garden of the Gods Road and selling about 140,000 square feet of property on either side of the 2300 block of the avenue.
       “The Old Colorado City community is encouraged to join the conversation and contribute ideas and concepts for the future development of the Goodwill property in the 2300 block of West Colorado Avenue,” reads a press release from company spokesperson Laura Marth.
       The meeting will feature Goodwill CEO Karla Grazier and representatives of the HB&A architectural firm that Goodwill works with. Marth said invitations have also gone out to Old Colorado City's two business groups, the branch library, the History Center, the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and county and city elected officials representing the older Westside.
       Marth said this week that no potential buyer/redeveloper for the Goodwill properties has surfaced as yet.
       Unless some kind of land-use restriction was made legal before a sale, any use proposals now would be advisory only.

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