The Gazette finally is removing asphalt it laid in 2006 when it built a parking lot without necessary plans and permits from the city. Making matters worse, the company paved into the public right-of-way and encroached on the protected streamside of Shooks Run.
Here is a look at the property from FlashEarth.com:
It took months for the city and the company to agree on a proper site plan and decide how to fix the problem. Now, work has begun. City planner Steve Tuck said the company will remove a 20-foot strip along Colorado Avenue that encroaches on public right-of-way and another chunk that violates the streamside overlay zone. The chunk, in the southwest corner, will create an overflow detention pond to filter runoff.
Then the company will barricade the vacant lot so it cannot be used as a parking lot, as was originally intended, Tuck said.
Next, the company will remove a similar strip of asphalt in a lot along Prospect Street at Pike Peak Avenue.
The missing sidewalk will be replaced along with landscaping. As a result, the company will lose about 10 parking places.