Glenwood Springs lays claim to School Street site
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – City officials will have a recently acquired piece of property on School Street at their disposal for public use after residential leases for the site expire at the end of this month.
The city of Glenwood Springs purchased the property, just west of the corner of 10th and School streets, between the city’s recycling center/storage yard and Glenwood Springs Elementary School, at the end of last year.
At the time, rental agreements already existed with the tenants of a house and a trailer that are on the property, which the city took over.
“The lease expires at the end of the month, and we will not be renewing it,” Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hecksel said. “We’d prefer not to be in the landlord business, but we agreed to let the lease run its course.”
The city acquired the property with the idea of creating more parking spaces. It will make up for the parking lost when construction began on the new wastewater lift station at the city’s Seventh Street parking lot site.
When work began on that project earlier than expected, the city went ahead and created parking on the recycle center property near the public works storage building.
Eventually, the house and trailer on the new property will be removed to make way for city uses.
“We’re not in quite as big a hurry as we were before,” Hecksel said. “We were able to get a lot of parking there even without using the new property.”
Once the tenants are out, Hecksel said, the property will be surveyed to help determine other potential uses. It could also be used for temporary storage and staging for the ongoing wastewater treatment plant and lift station construction projects.
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