EDITORíS DESK: The 2300 blockís question mark
It's a nice parting gesture by Goodwill Industries, reaching out to the Westside community for ideas on what might be done with all the property that the nonprofit has gradually put to use in the 2300 block over the past 50 years.
However, as the story this issue points out, any thoughts we folks might have - or even proposals that Goodwill itself might make - are purely advisory. Whatever entity or entities wind up holding the paper on those properties in the next year or so are going to push their own ideas, as you'd expect, considering that it's their money and they wouldn't have bought the site(s) if they didn't have some strategy for making money from them. I do agree with Brad Collins' hope of seeing something "bustling" there. Perhaps a return of the potato chip factory from the 1950s (where the Goodwill processing center and product warehouse are today)? OK, probably not. But it would seem logical for an investor to find some way to extend the Old Colorado City shopping district to that block, perhaps making use of brick and historic styling touches (but no "faux" stuff, please) so that any redevelopment would be compatible. In any case, it will be interesting to see what happens, and the public will certainly get a say (through city channels) if any large plan comes forward...
It was sad to hear about Norm Clark passing on. There are still many old-timers who remember with fondness the days when the Clark's Service Station was where the Diamond Shamrock is now in the 2700 block. And they recall improbably old-fashioned images of people like Jerry Unser filling up actual race cars with petrol at Clark's pumps en route to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. In our interview with Norm in 2006, he went right to the heart of why the station was so popular: His father Lester's honesty and passion to keep his customers happy. Not so old-fashioned, really.