Plan could tear down Planned Parenthood building, 3 Victorians

       A proposed development would demolish the existing Planned Parenthood building at 1330 W. Colorado Ave., as well as apparently three neighboring Victorian houses just east of it, and replace them with a new medical building.
       The City of Colorado Springs is taking comments until May 17 on the proposal. The city planner to contact is Larry Larsen. He can be reached at llarsen@springsgov.com or 385-5090.
       In response to the issue, the Organization of West-side Neighbors (OWN) has asked Larsen to come to its monthly “town meeting” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St. OWN is a volunteer group that represents the Westside on numerous issues.
       News of the city request came to the Westside Pioneer at deadline late Wednesday night, May 12, as a result of a nearby resident in the 1300 block of Cucharras Avenue having received a post card from the city describing the plan.
       The postcard to the Buckley family describes the proposal as a “pre-application to replace an existing medical clinic building and three single-family residences with a new single-story, larger medical clinic building on the same lot and the three adjacent lots.”
       According to Allison Buckley, only the name of the developer (no business affiliation) is stated on the postcard: Michael MacDonald.
       Dave Hughes, a longtime Westside civic leader and board member of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), said he plans to bring the issue before the OCCHS board when it meets May 17. “I have strong objections to the fundamental idea because it will destroy three Victorians on the avenue and replace them with a modern building, and it is contrary to the spirit and letter of the original Westside Plan, which sought to use historic renovation to restore this area.”
       Buckley said she and her family moved to the Westside last August - buying a house built in the early 1900s - in large part because of the area's historic architecture. “It breaks my heart to think they'll start tearing part of it down,” she said.

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