Shuttered former Grease Monkey demolition project will be finished in February according to city officials
BY FREDA MIKLIN
GV city manager John Jackson assumed his current position shortly before the 2017 municipal election, during which five out of eight city council members changed. As a result, he received input as he began his new job from 13 different elected officials. At least one of them encouraged him to see what could be done about the languishing unsightly closed Grease Monkey business at the southeast corner of Belleview Avenue and Quebec Street.
As a result of Jackson’s efforts, the city will invest $36,000 to demolish the shuttered building and clean up the sight, a bargain by any measure for the great improvement it will give to the appearance of the area. The project is planned to be completed in February.
Jackson has spent the past year working with the lienholder of the property, the area metropolitan district, and other interested parties to achieve a plan of action to solve this problem. GV will not permit any new development of the site for any commercial purpose. The future of the property will likely be determined by plans to rebuild the Belleview Avenue and I-25 intersection and bridge, which will hopefully be finalized and funded before long. As the development of residential, commercial, and retail properties continues at a fast pace in Denver’s mixed-use development Belleview Station, including a new office building for Newmont Mining, relocating from Palazzo Verdi in GV’s Village Center, pressure mounts to find a solution for ever-increasing rush-hour traffic at that interchange.
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