Foundation work begins project at 26th & Colorado

       The foundation was poured this week for a two- and partially three-story residential/commercial addition behind the historic brick building at the northeast corner of 26th Street and Colorado Avenue.

Daryl Slinkard, owner of 2532 W. Colorado Ave., poses with family members in front of the excavation and new foundation that will support a major addition behind the existing building. Slinkard is at left, is holding Caed, one of his grandsons. Another grandson (Grant) is being held at far right by his father (Slinkard's son) Dane. In center is Slinkard's wife Robbie with granddaughter McKinley.
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       Owner Daryl Slinkard expects to start framing next spring. “I just wanted to get the foundation in before the snow flies,” he said this week. He's not predicting a completion date as yet.
       When finished, the Florida resident with family in Colorado plans to use the residential portion - a two-bedroom, three-bath loft on the upper two floors as “a kind of summer home,” he said. Behind it will be a four-vehicle carport accessible from the public parking lot.
       The addition, which will be flush with the current north wall and have a footprint of about 1,700 square feet, will more than double the building coverage on the 3,600- square foot property. Plans show the existing structure, built in 1889, taking up 1,500 square feet.
       Its brick façade will not continue on the addition. Slinkard plans to have a stucco exterior, but will paint it a red that matches the color on the brick, he said. Although the building is part of the National Register's Old Colorado City Historic Commercial District, no historic-preservation review is required, according to city officials.
       For the project, Slinkard received a conditional use permit from the city to allow mixed commercial and residential use in a C-6 (general business) zone. He will be leasing commercial space on the first floor, with the entrance from 26th Street, he said.
       No pass-through will be cut between the old and new buildings. The old two-story building houses the Mountain Moppets retail shop on the ground floor and commercial offices on the second.

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