Old Colorado City, a national historic district in the city of Colorado Springs, could see some changes in the 23rd and Colorado Avenue area.
Kum & Go, a 24-hour convenience store offering snacks, drinks, made-to-order pizza, and petroleum, contacted Goodwill with a proposal to purchase the lot between 23rd and 24th streets on Colorado Avenue and build a new store.
“Our new design is almost a 5,000-square-foot building,” said Kellie Wisbrock, Kum & Go district supervisor. The proposal includes 10 pumps with the ability to service 20 cars at once.
Residents who live directly behind the building are worried the 24-hour traffic and lights will disrupt the community’s historical attraction.
“They are not going to bring new people to Old Colorado City for the unique experience that we have here,” said Sue Spengler, a resident of Old Colorado City who started an online petition to fight Kum & Go. “We want people to be attracted to come and stay, visit and walk around here.”
The Colorado Springs city planner is working with Kum & Go to schedule public meetings for residents to voice their opinions.
“We are working closely with local businesses and neighbors to try and address those issues and concerns,” said Wisbrock. “We will do our best to come up with a plan that makes everyone happy.”
Before construction begins, Kum & Go is responsible for hosting several public meetings followed by the Planning Commission departments. The final decision will come from city council.
The next public meeting is in the beginning stages between the city planner and Kum & Go. Once a date is decided, a flier will be mailed to residents with a zip code in Old Colorado City.