Kentucky Colonel bites the dust |

Kentucky Colonel bites the dust

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Glenwood Springs has been torn down. Demolition of the fast-food restaurant starts the process of rebuilding and updating the franchise, according to reports.

Glenwood Springs City Council approved the development permit in December, which includes demolition of the existing facility and building a 2,308-square-foot “KFC of the future.” The new facility will have approximately 400 square feet of additional space.

City council also approved a special use permit for the restaurant to use a section of the alley that runs beside the business as part of the drive-through.

Demolition of the 1st Choice Inns and Budget Host are also currently ongoing in West Glenwood. Those lodging facilities were purchased by Vista Auto Group to make room for a three-story automotive center to house Chevrolet, Nissan, Honda and Subaru dealerships on the 5.6 acres of land previously occupied by Budget Host and 1st Choice Inn. But initial plans for the dealership were not approved by city council.

According to Vista president Rob Buscher, a new plan is in the works.

“We are in the final design stage now,” said Vista president Rob Buscher. “We had to go back to a redesign and are demolishing the buildings now.”

Buscher said the original plan of a three story facility is off the books and newer plans will include all single-level stores. Buscher said Vista is finishing the new design and will submit the new plan to city council upon completion and is hoping to have that done in the next 60 days.

“We are focusing on the demolition right now,” Buscher said. “We had to get that done anyway, so we thought it best to get it out of the way.”

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