Angler’s Covey store putting in for building permit at Highway 24 site

       The proposed Angler's Covey store at Highway 24 and 21st has received the necessary go-ahead from the Colorado Springs Planning Commission.
       Some removals of unwanted “trash trees” and shrubs have already begun, and plans are going in for a building permit, according to project architect Charles Campbell.
       “We're very excited about this,” he said. “It's taken a while to get through.”
       The independently owned business, specializing in fly fishing, is planned at the northeast corner of the intersection, along Fountain Creek. At 5,000 square feet, it would be more than four times bigger than the current store, which had operated on West Colorado Avenue for 18 years.
       Temporarily, the store is being operated out of a trailer at the nearby Perkins auto business.
       Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit to allow a retail operation on a property zoned for manufacturing. Because no zone change was involved, City Council approval is not needed, Campbell said.
       The hope is to have the store open for business by next spring.
       “To those of us who live on the Westside, it means a lot,” commented Chuck Murphy, a Westside-based contractor and Planning Commission member, before his “yes” vote. He recalled a previous owner of the land, who had leveled the long-vacant property using a wheelbarrow. Murphy said he himself had once been asked about building a motel at the site, but decided the idea was not feasible.

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