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A new concrete block retaining wall was built this summer, allowing the alley between 26th and 27th streets to be reopened to through traffic and restoring full use of the Colorado City Creamery parking lot. The photo was taken from the area of the driveway into the lot from 26th Street. The work was paid for by the out-of-state owner of the property that's used by the Creamery for an ice cream store.
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Concrete-block retaining wall replaces collapsed timbers behind Old Colorado City ice cream store

       The wall looks like a wall again… except a lot sturdier.
       Last September, after some heavy rains, the retaining wall behind the Colorado City Creamery parking lot collapsed, resulting in a pile of dirt and landscape timbers that limited access to the lot (even the dumpster for a while).
       The city was forced to disallow through traffic in the alley.
The wall made of landscape timbers is shown shortly after its collapse in mid-September of 2013. For a while, the Colorado City Creamery couldn't even access its dumpster (far left). The photo was taken from the area of the driveway off 26th Street, like the photo above.
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       But over the winter, the out-of-state owners of the site at 26th Street and Colorado Avenue hired an engineering contractor, who worked out building permit details with the Regional Building Department.
       The timbers were replaced this summer with rows of large concrete blocks. Before that, the contractor dug a footer to support the new wall and prevent water seeping under it. New asphalt was laid in the lot and along the low side of the alley, which was shaped into a swale to carry drainage down to 26th Street.
       The city has reopened the alley to cars.
       Stuart King of City Engineering said he was pleased to see the problem resolved in an amicable manner. With no information about how the original wall got there, it had not been clear initially who would have to replace it - the city or the ownership group (SAK Investments LLC of in Camarillo, California).
       City research found that, even though the wall supports a city alley, it is located on private property. King thinks that at some point a previous property owner built a vertical retaining wall into what had been a downhill slope to create more parking space.
       “We sent a very respectful letter to the [current] owner and said, 'It's your responsibility,” King recalled. “And it worked.”
       Started in 1979, the Colorado City Creamery is an independent ice-cream shop that faces onto the avenue. Brian Burris, part of the family ownership, said he was happy that the wall problem has been taken care of, which makes the parking lot safer and more amenable for customers.

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(Posted 8/19/14; Projects: General)

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