EDITORíS DESK: Living up to its name
Goodwill lived up to its name Oct. 26. The nonprofit agency has helped thousands of people with disabilities and life problems in the 50 years that its Colorado Springs office has been headquartered on the old Westside, and now Goodwill's leaders are seeking to help their neighborhood. They don't have to do that.
Having closed last spring on their new property off Garden of the Gods Road, they could just sell their 2300 block parcels to anybody - think one of those "Captain Planet" polluter bad guys - and leave us with a jaunty wave and an hasta la vista, baby.
But no. The Goodwill folks are taking the time and effort to find out what their neighbors think about the impending change and what they might like to see (or not) on that site when the nonprofit is gone. At the meeting, the facts were laid out, with the help of a hired architectural and planning firm. Everybody was given a chance to speak. The meeting was even led by the Goodwill CEO, Karla Grazier. Three board members were on hand, and Goodwill staffers provided support, from putting out refreshments to making sure everyone had green (yes) and red (no) dots that they could stick next to usage types on the big boards that showed what's allowed in the different zones on the properties. A crematory, anyone? Or how about a broadcast tower?
There's no denying it's an awkward situation. That block, with its proximity to established residential neighborhoods as well as to the Old Colorado City historic district, looms large in the Westside's future. Goodwill has been a good neighbor, though admittedly not ideal. There are parking issues, and there's little that's historic (or even landscaped) in the current construction. But at least now a prospective buyer will have an idea what people here are thinking. We can only hope that whoever decides to redevelop the 2300 block will pay attention to that and the neighborly example Goodwill has set. Is there a developer out there named Goodbuild?