Kum & Go also proposed on S. 21st
A public meeting June 27 is to discuss a Kum & Go convenience store with gas pumps in the 2300 block of West Colorado Avenue; meanwhile, it emerged this week that the national chain has also taken out a contract on a Westside location less than half a mile south of there.
The site is the northeast corner of South 21st and Broadway streets, where Pikes Peak National Bank owns side-by-side lots totaling just under two acres. That's about the same size as the space being considered in the 2300 block.
According to bank CEO John Georgeson, the contract agreement was made earlier this year. It doesn't surprise him that the chain is looking at close-together Westside locations. With nine Colorado Springs locations now and more planned, “they seem to be trying to saturate the area, as far as I can tell,” Georgeson said.
In February, Kum & Go representatives met with Ryan Tefertiller of City Land Use Review about the 21st Street site. “We talked about the the standard stuff, such as access and grading,” he said. A favorable point is that the land is already zoned for commercial use.
He added that, as the first south-of-Highway-24 entrance to the future Gold Hill Mesa commercial area, “it's a pretty significant corner.” However, he noted, no development plan has been submitted yet.
The Westside Pioneer left messages at contact numbers for two Kum & Go representatives, but neither had been returned by press deadline.
From the mid-1970s to the late '90s, Pikes Peak National, whose main location is at 2401 W. Colorado Ave., operated a drive-through at that corner. The building remains, and over the years has been rented “a couple of times,” Georgeson said.
He elaborated that the site is not up for sale, but “we get inquiries all the time.” As recently as 2012, he pointed out, a prospective buyer had it under contract, but nothing came of it.
When the Gold Hill Mesa commercial area is developed, the location will be worth more, he said. So the bank would just as soon not sell it; however, “if someone pays us tomorrow's prices today, we'll do it,” Georgeson said.
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