Proposal for offices and warehouses near Crown Hill

       A proposal to build three office/warehouses on vacant land at the corner of Lower Gold Camp Road and Moreno Avenue will be presented at a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 28.
       The meeting, organized by Colorado Springs Planning, will start at 6 p.m. in the Gold Camp Elementary library at 1805 Preserve Drive. A postcard that has been mailed to neighboring properties invites people to “hear a presentation, discuss the proposal and provide opinions on the potential project” (which has not yet been submitted to the city). “Representatives for the developer and the City of Colorado Springs Planning Department will attend the meeting,” the card also states.
       The neighboring properties to the north are houses in the Crown Hill Mesa subdivision, while the Norris-Penrose Event Center is to the south, across Lower Gold Camp/Rio Grande Street.
       City Planner Ryan Tefertiller said he called the meeting because “it's been my experience when industry is adjacent to residences, there is going to be a lot of concern… I thought it was a good idea to hear their thoughts.”
       One response that has come in so far is from Crown Hill resident Kristen Downs, stating that she and her husband are “vehemently opposed” to what she believes will be an “eyesore.”
       Developer Grant Smith's proposal to the city suggests a zone change (to M-1, light industrial) on the entirety of the 3.1-acre property, allowing construction of three office/warehouse structures with outdoor storage. The site now has multiple zones, but 5/6 of it is M-1, Tefertiller said, so “it's fairly vested with M-1 zoning already.” The other 1/6 is a mix of two residential zones, he added.
       For more information, call Planning at 385-5382.

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