Fate of former power plant in the hands of Pueblo City Council

Fate of former power plant in the hands of City Council

PUEBLO, Colo. - It's no longer generating electricity. Now, it's up to Pueblo City Council to decide if it wants to purchase a former power plant.

"Of course, we'd like to see the city take the building or whatever the city thinks is the best option for the building," said Julie Rodriguez, external affairs manager for Black Hills Energy.

Black Hills Energy is offering Power Stations 5 & 6 on Victoria Avenue to the city.

"I'm not really interested in the city having it. I'd like to see a developer get it and maybe do a mixed-use thing for it in terms of residential and commercial," said Councilman Steve Nawrocki.

If the city decides to purchase the building, it's not move-in ready, yet. For starters, the building has asbestos.

"There is asbestos in the building. It is contained. We do know that there would be remediation activity that would need to take place," Rodriguez said.

Interested community leaders, including members of HARP, PURA and the Pueblo Water Board, toured the plant last week, gauging what could become of the 18,000 square-foot building, near the Pueblo Riverwalk.

"A lot of folks have said that maybe a space for youth, so maybe a rec center, something of that nature," Rodriguez said.

"Well, we already have the bottom floor of the [Pueblo Bull Riders] building and we haven't been able to find anyone to do anything with that facility yet, and that's like prime Riverwalk location," Nawrocki said. "I don't think that we should be in the property business."

Rodriguez said the city has until next April to decide it if wants it. If not, it's possible it will be demolished unless another interested party decides to purchase it.

As for the cost of the building, Rodriguez said that's dependent on how the city would use the building.

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