The requested resource (/media/ksut/header/pb/header.html) is not available
Last updated 9:53AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
End-O-Day Redevelopment Okayed
(2007-05-16)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A Durango Architect has received the go ahead to tear down an old rundown hotel, replacing it with a new commercial/residential development.
KSUT's Victor Locke Reports:

VICTOR: Architect Tracy Reynolds bought the End-O-Day Motel, at the corner of East 8th Avenue and East 4th Street, about
one year ago.
He wants to tear it down saying it doesn't work any more either as a motel or apartments.
REYNOLDS: THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD CONVERTED THIS TO MONTHLY RENTALS AND WE'VE CONTINUED TO OPERATE THIS IN THE SAME WAY. IT'S BEEN INTERESTING, IT'S BEEN AN EXPERIENCE. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH IT. I THINK EVERY POLICE OFFICER IN TOWN HAS PROBABLY VISITED THE PROPERTY AT LEAST ONCE. WE'VE HAD PEOPLE SELLING DRUGS OUT OF THE PROPERTY, WE HAD TO GO TO COURT TO EVICT THEM. WE CONSTANTLY HAVE MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS. THE ELECTRICAL IS KIND OF A NIGHTMARE, PLUMBING PROBLEMS. IT'S BASICALLY JUST TIME FOR THE BUILDING TO GO AWAY, AND WORK ON SOMETHING NEW.
Reynolds is proposing to construct new, two and three story structures on the site housing four commercial spaces and 14 to 16 residential units.
Some concerns were expressed during a public hearing last night about adequate parking for the new development.
It will have 34 parking spaces compared to 20 for the present 25 units.
The project would also displace occupants of those 25 units.
Irene Berry, the Emergency Housing Coordinator for Housing Solutions of the Southwest told councilors that will add to Durango's homeless population.
She urged the city to develop a policy to budget monies to help the homeless.
BERRY: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE THERE IS A PROBLEM HERE AND IT IS GROWING, I MEAN I HATE TO SAY THAT BUT IT IS GROWING. I'M ASKING THE CITY OF DURANGO TO BUY IN ON THIS AND TO HELP US HELP OUR HOMELESS, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE BEING DISPLACED WITH FACILITIES LIKE THIS.
Reynolds says he'll wait to start his project until most of his residents have moved.
And he'll assist anyone remaining when he starts to tear down the End-O-Day, in finding new housing.
Councilors voted 4-1 in favor of Reynold's project.
Renee Parsons cast the lone dissenting vote.
She expressed concern about the present occupants and says she's not convinced the project would provide affordable housing.
Though they expressed similar concerns, other councilors praised Reynolds plans for the site.
Councilor Leigh Meigs said it was a good use of the lot and would be a boon to the neighborhood.
Reynolds says the project could begin this fall, or early next Spring.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
© Copyright 2017, ksut