If this is being saved...
Harm to Van Briggle business feared next to a Hwy 24 interchange
Although homes and businesses would be removed around it, Van Briggle Pottery would be saved in every option the Colorado Department of Transportation
(CDOT) has suggested for an interchange at Highway 24 and 21st Street. That's because of the business' location in the historic Midland Railway roundhouse.
But Van Briggle Vice President Craig Stevenson isn't so sure that's the kind of saving he likes.
“We feel very strongly that an overpass right outside our door would be pretty detrimental to the aesthetics and to our property,” he said in a recent interview. “We made it pretty clear to them (the state) that an interchange rather than intersection strongly diminishes the visual appeal of the building.”
So far, however, CDOT has indicated that an interchange is its strong preference at 21st Street because of the volume of anticipated traffic in the future. Five options (Nos. 11-15) for the intersection show an overpass of some kind, with the business/home impact depending on locations of on/off-ramps, the interchange style and where it's put (one option suggests swinging it north and another south of the current intersection).
The one non-interchange option (No. 10) also would limit access to Van Briggle by having a median from the highway to Bott Avenue.
As an example of what limited access and visibility can do, Stevenson pointed to the shopping center at the southwest corner of Highway 24 and Eighth Street. When 8th Street upgrades in recent years limited access to the center, business there fell off noticeably, he said.
Van Briggle, which is at the southwest corner of the highway and 21st Street, is already fighting the city over a median that would prevent left turns into the facility from 21st. City plans had called for a median when the Advance Auto store went in over a year ago, but Van Briggle was able to show it owned a significant part of the 21st Street right of way, and the planned median remains on hold.
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