May 4, 2010 8:30 PM by David Ortiviz

Police building could be next riverwalk improvement

In just a few days, Pueblo's new police building will open on Main St. and the old one, just up the road, may be getting new life. "I think the developer had got some great plans and ideas," said Jeff Bailey, Pueblo's Assistant City Manager for Development Services.

Bailey says Gary Anzuini a private developer, wants to renovate the 3-story building for private use. "He would like to add some features to it, spruce it up somewhat," said Bailey.

There are plans for apartment space, offices and perhaps even a restaurant. It's in a great location, along the riverwalk, but the building is more than 60 years old, it has no central air and just a few years ago the roof leaked causing a big mess. Bailey says if it's too expensive to fix up: "Then he might take the building down and start fresh."

The HARP Authority says there are plans to demolish the old health department building across the street from the old police department. "I would expect in the next few weeks, you'll see some actual demolition itself," said Jack Johnston, Executive Director of the HARP Authority. Johnston says soon, the entire health department property will be a parking lot. "And then ultimately marketed as one of the HARP lot development properties," said Johnston.

Those are some of the newest projects in the works. The HARP Authority is also building a Veterans bridge and later this month, construction will start on another retail building, which will be located by Angelo's Pizza.

"It's just another step in the development of HARP and you see we have a lot of exciting things that are happening," said Johnston.

The grand opening for the new police department building is Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

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