‘Mid Town’ center looks like one building now
During the past year, Mike Reeg has added enhancements to his “Mid Town on the Avenue” commercial center at 1702-1710 W. Colorado Avenue.
Most obvious to passersby are the roofline changes - replacing the peak roofs on 1702-1704 (which is actually an individual building) to create a Spanish Colonial façade throughout - and installing curved windows along the east wall next to 17th Street. All the center's buildings now have Spanish-tile awnings, too.
The 7,500-square-foot complex facing onto the avenue has six storefronts. Two units are in back.
The buildings are more than 50 years old, Reeg said. They once had different looks, with the peak roofs on 1702-1704 contrasting with the flat roofs on 1706-1710.
The work continues the changes that started with Reeg's major renovation of the property in 2007. That work included structural and drainage upgrades and even air conditioning for his tenants.
He'd bought the 1702 property in 1996 for his wife Peg's hairdressing salon.
He added 1706-1710 in 2006, even though, as he put it, “they were literally falling down.”
Overall, he estimated he's spent more than half a million dollars on the center's upgrades.
He typically doesn't fixate on restoration that's accurate, down to every historical detail, but if he sees designs or details he likes, even just in a surrounding neighborhood, he looks for compatible ways to work it in. That's how the Spanish Colonial style took shape.
“I like to buy old stuff and fix it up,” summarized Reeg, who also owns Tri Star Masonry. And, in so doing, “I wanted to keep the character of the Westside.”
Reeg said he named the center Mid Town on the Avenue because it's “halfway between the downtown and Old Colorado City.”
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