Biz Buzz:
Space Foundation moves in; sign goes up

      

A small crowd gathers for a time to watch a work crew install the new Space Foundation sign on the side of the building at 4425 Arrowswest Drive that faces Garden of the Gods Road.
Westside Pioneer photo
The Space Foundation's nearly 50 employees have been at work since July 11 in its new headquarters at 4425 Arrowswest Drive.
       A big sign, attached to the outer, north wall facing Garden of the Gods Road, made the relocation official July 18.
       Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham also revealed July 18 that a purchaser has been found for the building at 310 S. 14th St. that the nonprofit space-advocacy organization had called home for the previous nine years. He said more information will be released Aug. 1.
       The new location, formerly used by the Plasmon company and vacant for the past three years, has 45,715 square feet - about three times as much space as at 14th Street.
       With the new space, the foundation has discussed possibilities for greater public outreach, including a year-round museum and permanent display of the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
       “We wanted to do it right,” Pulham said of the new location. “We expect to be here a long time, at least as long as I'm here.”
      
       Shelters under city review
       The city has received requests to allow two houses on the Westside to continue being used as shelters for women recovering from drug or alcohol addictions.
       Both operate under the Pikes Peak House, a nonprofit organization that receives federal funding for its Pikes Peak Sober Living project through a program called ATR (access to recovery), according to Danette Flickinger, a Pikes Peak House spokesperson.
       To stay in business, both sites need to have city-approved development plans, Sue Matz of City Land Use Review said.
       The house at 1919 W. Colorado Ave. opened in 2006; the one at 218 N. Spruce St. in 2009.
       The former can be approved administratively because its “human service shelter,” as it's called, is in a commercial zone. The latter will have to go to a public hearing because it is in an office-residential zone and needs the Planning Commission to vote for a conditional use there, Matz explained.
       Households in the neighborhoods around both homes have been notified of the Pikes Peak House requests. Citizen comments are being taken through Monday, July 25. Matz's number is 385-5355.
       In an interview, Flickinger said the locations provide “structured living environments” for women with addiction issues “that enable them to stay sober because they have to be accountable.” People stay from 90 days up to a year, and over time are expected to get jobs and “get their lives back together,” she said.
       The Pikes Peak House request included a statement that most of the residents “are homeless or recently released from incarceration,” that Alcoholics Anonymous methods are used and that afterward “17 percent of our clients have been sober one or more years.”
       Each of the houses has 12 residents, Flickinger said. The city has no maximum number of residents in human service shelters, Matz said. The criteria she will use is from the Development Plan section of the city code, but she noted that the verbiage there allows staff some flexibility in its decision-making. Feedback from the neighborhoods will play a significant role in what she decides, she said.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release