New tack on Goodwill site
The Westside Pioneer was copied on the following letter to local officials by Welling Clark.
Honorable City Council and Mayor of Colorado Springs:
As president of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), I regularly apprise you of events occurring in the Westside Neighborhood Strategy Area. I have some new information to provide you about Westside efforts regarding the Goodwill property on the south side of West Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets. I have concurrence from local residents and businesses that it is time for us to change course, and to proceed together on a new path forward.
Westside actions underway:
- Attending briefings and focus groups.
- Identifying neighborhood-friendly characteristics in advance.
- Reviewing potential developer projects for compatibility and harmony.
- Staying in a “ready reserve” status to support new efforts.
Westside intentions for the future:
Westside involvement, at Goodwill's request:
There are many stakeholders in this effort, including Westsiders who want a gateway to the east side of Old Colorado City, developers who want an unimpeded and remunerative project, Goodwill that wants a fair price for its surplus property, and the city that wants to realize property and other tax revenues. We stand ready to help strike a deal that satisfies all of them.
At the direction of the OWN Board,