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Longmont Demolition & Recycling project
POSTED: 10/15/2012 10:03:30 AM MDT
LONGMONT — In its colorful history, the building on the northeast corner of Longs Peak Avenue and Coffman Street has housed a church and a handful of bars and restaurants.
Now, it has been demolished to make way for apartment units.
Demolition started Monday at 700 Coffman St., as crews began preparing for the groundbreaking of the Roosevelt Park Apartments.
The $21 million projects at Main Street and Longs Peak Avenue is planned to include 115 apartments, plus a restaurant and retail space and a parking garage.
About $16 million for the project is coming from development company Burden Inc., with another $3.5 million from the Longmont Downtown Development Authority and $1.4 million from the city. That includes about $700,000 in fee waivers from the city.
The congregation that is now Longs Peaks United Methodist Church — then it was called First United Brethren Church of Longmont — constructed the building at Longs Peak and Coffman in 1912. Church documents described it as “a neat, cozy structure, with a seating capacity of about 250.”
The church hasn’t used the space since October 1979, when it relocated to its new church building at 1421 Elmhurst Drive.
Since then, a series of bars and restaurants occupied the building, including The Abbey at Longmont, Jackson’s Hole, the Steak Out/Arne’s Place, Hurricane Charlie’s, and Riley’s.
When Burden Inc. purchased the property in 2002, it was vacant, and has stayed that way since, said the company’s vice president, Keith Burden.
“It was in pretty bad shape when we purchased it,” he said.
The property is not a designated historic landmark.
After the city’s historic preservation commission reviewed the property at Longs Peak and Coffman, the developer offered the properties for someone to relocate, though that did not happen, said city planner Brien Schumacher.