Iron Mountain home leveled for trails, view

Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
POSTED: 05:38 PM MDT Oct 02, 2013 
MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -

A long fight over what you see when you look from Manitou Springs to the south is history.

The house on the top of Iron Mountain was demolished Wednesday morning.

It was built in 1991. Two years later a judge sided with the city and blocked the homeowner, Tom McGee, from paving a 300-foot driveway to the home.

It took until 2010 for city leaders and McGee to work out a deal for the land.

The demolition is going to clear the way for more trails south of the city.

Mayor Marc Snyder said it will also preserve the mountain views and wildlife habitats that everyone expects when they visit or live in Colorado.

In addition to the aesthetic qualities, Snyder said the house was a safety issue.

"If we were to allow people to build roads and develop home sites without adhering to very rigorous storm water and engineering standards it could be a real problem for us as well as a public safety issue," said Snyder.

Manitou Springs spent $1.1 million on the land. Snyder said the money came from a small tax hike approved close to 20 years ago.

Snyder said the patience paid off.

"We're looking forward to restoring Iron Mountain to its natural beauty," said Snyder.