Stop the sale of Goodwill's property in OCC to Kum and Go.

Stop the sale of Goodwill's property in OCC to Kum and Go.

    1. Sue Spengler
    2. Petition by

      Sue Spengler

      Colorado Springs, CO

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September 2013

Victory

Sue Spengler: This morning, Kum&Go issued a press release saying that they have "canceled its plans to purchase the property in Old Colorado City between North 23rd and 24th Streets. Kum & Go originally agreed to purchase the property occupied by Discover Goodwill in order to build on the 2.3-acre site on the south side of Colorado Avenue. Today, the company announced its business decision to terminate the contract in order to give the City and Goodwill an opportunity to find a buyer who is a better fit for preserving and enhancing Old Colorado City’s historic atmosphere. “We appreciate the input we received from the neighbors and community leaders about this project,” said Kolby Jones, Real Estate Development Representative for Kum & Go. “We value our partnership with Goodwill, and we hope that a suitable buyer will be found quickly.” Yay!

Old Colorado City is a unique historic district, and is not the place for a 10-pump, 24-hour a day, convenience store run by a company from Iowa. The location is surrounded by residential homes on three sides, and Cucharras between 23rd and 24th is part of the designated Midland Bike Trail. A Kum and Go at this location just doesn't make sense; there are already FOUR convenience stores/gas stations between 15th and 30th! This is not your usual "NIMBY" issue, this is an issue of historic preservation, and we encourage Goodwill and the City of Colorado Springs to think big and long term! What will draw more folks to Old Colorado City? What will increase our property values instead of harm them? What other buyers/developers might be out there that don't know about this prime piece of real estate? There has to be a better alternative!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. WE won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer
      Kum & Go abandons Old Colorado City site plans

      Kum & Go has announced it will not build a store in Old Colorado City, but the company already has another site for its new store about a half-mile away. The company announced early Wednesday it has abandoned its planned 5,000-square foot convenience store/fuel station on West Colorado Avenue because of several factors, one of which included negative feedback from the surrounding community, said Traci Rodemeyer, spokeswoman for the company.

    2. Petition Delivered to City Council!

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer

      The Gazette reports on yesterday's city council meeting, and also puts to rest forever the idea that there's no viable alternative. The Westside Pioneer reported on Joe Rexroad's proposal first, but it sure is nice to have it picked up by the Gazette. I think it was because of several of you folks who made links to that Pioneer article in the Gazette's online comments, and it got their attention. Woot woot!

      http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-hears-early-opposition-to-proposed-west-side-kum-go/article/1505432

      Colorado Springs City Council hears early opposition to proposed west-side Kum & Go

      A group of about 20 Old Colorado City residents who would rather see proposed plans for a convenience store/fuel station Go rather than Kum showed up at Colorado Springs City Hall on Tuesday to urge the City Council to oppose the project.

    3. "...a strong and sustained public outcry."

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer
      OWN doing battle with Kum & Go | IndyBlog

      The Kum & Go war continues. Welling Clark, president of the Organization of Westside Neighbors and husband to El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark, is stepping up his game in an effort to prevent a large gas station from being built in the heart of the Old Colorado City historic district.

    4. Because sometimes you have to make your own news story....

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer

      Please watch, and let me know if you think maybe we should do this again? There won't be another K&G meeting to interrupt, but I think just a presence there once a week would be pretty cool....????

      Kum & Go Protest

      Neighbors and friends gather to protest a proposed Kum & Go gas station at 23rd and West Colorado. Online petition: http://petition.nokumandgo.org

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. KOAA!

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer

      Sheesh.... you made the news..... AGAIN! This short segment was on the 10 o'clock news last night. The video is a pretty powerful juxtaposition of K&G's big corporateness and OCC's small quaintness......

      People are starting to pay attention. Keep it up!

      http://www.koaa.com/news/old-colorado-city-residents-fighting-plan-to-build-kum-and-go/

      Old Colorado City residents fighting plan to build Kum & Go

      A potential new neighbor isn't getting a warm welcome from some folks living in Old Colorado City, Kum & Go plans to build a station on W. Colorado Ave. between 23rd and 24th streets where Goodwill buildings currently sit and some neighbors are trying to fight it.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. The Gazette!

      Sue Spengler
      Petition Organizer
      Opposition builds to Kum & Go's Old Colorado City project in Colorado Springs

      A movement is gaining momentum in Old Colorado City to halt a proposed Kum & Go convenience store and gas station. More than 650 people have signed a petition protesting Kum & Go's plans, and a Facebook page, No Kum&Go, had 251 "likes" as of Tuesday.

    9. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Leibl COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Because if there is a Kum and Go then it will shut down little shops and places like 7-11.

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    • Nancy Dickson COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      it would destroy the historical area of Old Colorado

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    • Nadine Ollier COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I think it will destroy the neighborhood. We have enough convent stores.

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    • Harry Hamill COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I've live on the West Side since 1985, I'd welcome the K&G in a more appropriate area, just off 24 for example, but the proposed location would severly detract from the historic, small scale loveliness of OCC.

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    • Millie Brence COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I live on Colorado Avenue quite a few blocks away. When purchasing my vintage home, I knew the traffic noise would be a bit overwhelming at times. No offense to those who enjoy riding their motorcycles but some are quite louder than others and on weekends it is a constant drone of traffic. Adding yet another souless corporation, the Kum & Go entity to the neighborhood further increases the traffic and noise that I'm looking to get away from. I do understand the potential to increase traffic, however we already have local businesses that provide gasoline and junk food, do not need another? Do we need to let them put these other existing businesses out of business? NO!

      Goodwill has a historically shady background in their efforts of "employing and helping" those with disabilities. It's a fact and in no way a negative statement against helping others. They are notorious for discriminating against people with disabilities and lawsuits have been common. Make a good choice Goodwill....support your community, the ones that have been helping you in the support of your efforts.

      Lets keep OCC historic and attractive. A public market would be a value added asset to OCC where new and existing businesses could obtain a space and allow residents to purchase things that will go back into the community. I would rather give my money to a local business than a chain. If Kum and Go does win, I will NOT patron their facility.

      The battle is going to be tough especially when it comes to the Mayor and his weasel attorney...neither are interested in what is best for the people, it is all about how much money they will make from a deal.

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