A, B – which will it be? Two versions weighed for parking, fire station | PostIndependent.com

A, B – which will it be? Two versions weighed for parking, fire station

Greg MassStaff Writer

The next step toward the redevelopment of Cooper Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs will include a new fire station and parking garage.Exact locations could be decided by City Council on Thursday night. Council will look at two plans, each detailed in a report compiled by DPA Architectural Group, and could decide which plan to approve. Plan AUnder Plan A, Fire Station 2 and the old City Hall, at the corner of Cooper Avenue and 8th Street, would be torn down and replaced with a $1.3 million, two-story fire station in the same spot. A new 150-space, four-story, $2.3 million to $3 million parking garage would be built later between the First United Methodist Church and the new station.The plan also would include 1,752 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the parking structure.The advantages of this plan, according to the DPA report, include a cost of $1.3 million, a larger driveway for fire equipment, private parking for fire department employees, less noise for the church and space for the fire station to expand. Door and window designs would fit the downtown architecture, the report said.The downside to this plan is that the fire station, parking garage and attached retail space would be smaller than Plan B.Plan BThat second plan would locate a larger, two-story, $1.4 million fire station directly next to the church. A larger, 192-space parking garage, estimated to cost $2.8 million to $3.5 million, could be built at the corner of 8th and Cooper.Glenwood Springs fire chief Mike Piper said he favors Plan A.”We prefer it on the corner,” Piper said. “If they build the parking structure like Plan B, it kind of shoves (the fire station) way back there.”Piper said he’s glad the process has finally gotten to this point. Funding for the new stations was approved by city voters two years ago. “Station 3 will be done in May, then we’ll get No. 2 taken down,” Piper said. The groundbreaking ceremony for Station 3, which will be built at the proposed Red Feather Ridge property just off Four Mile Road, is set for Oct. 25. “We’re kind of excited we’re finally moving forward with it,” he said.Also on the agenda:-Council will discuss traffic impact fees and the Transportation Demand Management program during ongoing business. -Council will reconsider a proposed recycling center, and a possible lease with the Salvation Army for a day center, at the old gas station on the corner of Grand Avenue and 23rd Street (see related story, page 1). -Council will decide whether to award a bid for the restoration of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, which is the city’s old hydroelectric plant. -Council will consider a request by William Lockwood at 918 Minter Ave. for a license to encroach into a city right-of-way with a concrete stairway.-Council will consider an annexation request for the Red Feather Ridge subdivision.

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