No immediate plans for downtown Glenwood Springs building gutted by March 2006 fire |

No immediate plans for downtown Glenwood Springs building gutted by March 2006 fire

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Grand Avenue Mall at 812 Grand Ave. has been closed since a fire destroyed the interior of the building in March 2006.

The fire at the Grand Avenue Mall was reported to have started by an electrical short in a copy machine in one of the businesses.

Owner and building manager Gus Lundin said Monday that he recently received a settlement from the insurance company, but he was not at liberty to discuss the specifics of the settlement. However, Lundin did say that he had “no immediate plans for the building in the near future.”

Sharon Graves, owner of Through the Looking Glass, which is located next to the Grand Avenue Mall to the south, and member of the Downtown Business Association (DBA), said that she was grateful at Lundins’ attempts to clean up the building as much as possible, and that she was hopeful that rebuilding could be on the horizon.

“I’m next to the building so I try to sweep the walks and shovel them in the winter,” Graves said. “They did put up paper on the windows so it looks a lot more presentable than with the debris from the fire.”

Graves was sympathetic with Lundin not having any immediate plans for the building during this time with a struggling economy.

“With the economy taking such a downturn, it’s hard to find anybody who would want to start a business right now,” Graves said. “We’ll give them the next few months, maybe until next year, to see what they’ve got going and if things turn around.”

All of the businesses that operated out of the Grand Avenue Mall have found new locations, or closed all together, in the two and a half years since the fire forced them to shut their doors.

Becky and Corey Spagnolo owned Spagnolos’ Restaurant for nine years in the Grand Avenue Mall. But after waiting one and a half years with no progress at their old location, they decided to move on. In December 2007, they opened The Corner Gourmet next to Kaleidoscoops, and they are not looking at reopening their restaurant in the Grand Avenue Mall.

“I will never say no, never say never, right?” Becky said. “But at this moment I can’t imagine it. It’s been too long. It’s been two years.”

Becky said that two years is too much time to try and rebuild, besides, she and Corey are happy with their new business.

“I think we’ll just move on. We kind of already have,” she said. “We’ve spent what money we got from the insurance on the new place, so I think we’ll stick with this.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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