New home for area Parks and Wildlife office
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CANYON CREEK, Colorado – The newly named Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency, formerly the Division of Wildlife, is building a $1.4 million office and shop complex between I-70 and the Colorado River west of Glenwood Springs.
Westbound motorists passing exit 109 on I-70, the Canyon Creek exit, might glance to their right and spot earthmoving equipment scraping the topsoil and building a ramp up to the overpass.
The ramp, which comes up from the west, will connect with an existing frontage ramp beyond the exit, that leads eastward to property owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation, immediately to the east of the building site.
The CDOT land is used to stockpile asphalt millings, concrete barriers and other material that the CDOT reuses, according to CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.
Perry Will, area wildlife manager for the Glenwood Springs regional office, said the one-story, 4,800-square-foot building will hold agency offices, a conference room and customer service area.
A shop building, storage facilities and parking area will also be built on the three-acre site, which is separated from the Colorado River by the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
Randy Hampton, public information officer for Parks and Wildlife, said the land is being purchased at a cost of $500,000 from the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
The nonprofit foundation stepped in to buy the land and hold it on behalf of Parks and Wildlife when it was put on the market by a private party, Hampton said.
Currently, Gould Construction of Glenwood Springs is leveling the ground and doing the site preparation.
The general contractor, Schauer Construction Co. of Colorado Springs, could not be reached for comment on the project on Wednesday.
According to Schauer’s website, the company has been in business for more than 38 years and has experience building large public projects and private developments.
Will said the project is scheduled to be finished by March 2012, at which point the department will move out of its rented facilities in West Glenwood.
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