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KFC proposal includes bigger building

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Colonel is asking for an additional 400 square feet from which to sell his Kentucky Fried Chicken.A project manager has requested a conceptual review before the Glenwood Springs City Council this Thursday for a proposed redevelopment of the KFC at 555 Pine St. across from the Hotel Colorado.The request for the review indicates that KFC’s location close to the Hotel Colorado and “architectural design versus franchise design” are among the potential issues in a redevelopment.”The building is located immediately across the street from the Hotel Colorado, arguably one of the most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Glenwood Springs,” the request states.The proposal includes tearing down the existing KFC and building a new KFC in the same location. Parking would be altered to add spaces, and landscaping would be enhanced. The existing utilities would be upgraded as required, and the overall building size would increase by about 400 square feet, according to a letter to the city.The proposal came up in September 2006 with a plan to demolish KFC and construct a new building. But since the owner didn’t move forward within six months, the development must restart the review process, according to municipal code, the request states.Other issues to be discussed at Thursday’s City Council meeting include an update on Midland Avenue improvement plans and a permitting request for the proposed Roaring Fork Lodge. The proposal is for a five-story, 149,582-square-foot, mixed-use building to replace the unoccupied racket club building at 2800 Midland Ave. It includes an underground parking garage and a deck overlooking the river. Inside, the structure would include 40 residential units, 68 hotel rooms, a fitness center, a business center, retail space, a restaurant and a 9,030-square-foot conference center.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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