Two new downtown Glenwood buildings OK’d |

Two new downtown Glenwood buildings OK’d

A rendering of the new Bank of Colorado building at Ninth and Grand, which was approved by Glenwood Springs City Council last week. Demoltion of the old building is expected soon to make way for the new building to be constructed.
Poss Architecture | Courtesy Bank of Colorado

Construction is about to begin on two new, two-story downtown buildings following approvals by Glenwood Springs City Council last week.

Council OK’d plans to replace the existing single-story Bank of Colorado building at Ninth and Grand with a two-story brick building that has been designed to fit the historic character of several existing downtown structures.

The bank began moving its lending staff and administrative offices to temporary quarters in the old Anderson’s Clothing space at 826 Grand Ave. on Tuesday, according to Bill Deter, market president for Bank of Colorado.

Teller, new account and ATM services will be handled out of the bank’s existing drive-through facility at 902 Colorado Ave., he said.

“We are pretty excited to bring this new building to Glenwood Springs, and we think it will be a tremendous complement to downtown,” Deter said.

City Council, at its May 21 meeting, also approved plans for a new two-story building at 714 Grand Ave., in what’s now a vacant lot next to the King Mall. The adjacent properties are owned by longtime downtown property owner Douglas Cushman King.

The bank building approval included a sign-code variance for two back-lit exterior signs on the east and north sides, above Grand Avenue and Ninth Street.

“With a building of this quality, I can overlook the sign code issue,” Councilman Todd Leahy said. “It still keeps the historical flavor.”

Council did object to an initial request by the bank to remove the existing planter that sits in front of the bank building on Grand Avenue, and project officials indicated they were fine leaving it in place.

Work should also begin soon on the new building at 714 Grand, which will replace the one-story wooden structure that housed the Glenwood Shoe Service boot and shoe repair shop for several years before the building was torn down in 2012. It was believed to be the oldest wooden structure in the downtown area, but had deteriorated to the point that it couldn’t be rehabilitated.

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