Ivywild project to get underway

Murphy Constructors will begin work on the Ivywild school next week.

A three-man partnership, comprised of Bristol Brewing owner Mike Bristol, Blue Star Restaurant owner Joe Coleman and architect Jim Fennell, closed on the 27,000-square-foot schoolhouse built in 1901 on Wednesday.

They will build a 12,000-square-foot addition on the school that will house some of Bristol’s operations. The brewery will move across the street from its current location at 1647 S. Tejon St. to the school when the project is complete. Bristol has said the brewery needs room to grow and the schoolhouse is the ideal new home for brewing operations and an expanded tap room.

Coleman plans to open a bakery in the building and Fennell will move his architecture offices into it.

The partnership paid $1.22 million to Colorado Springs School District 11 for the building and the total project is expected to cost $3.2 million.

All of the building permits are ready to go. They had to be submitted an approved before the partnership could get funding, Bristol said in an interview earlier this year.

That wasn’t the only hurdle to the project. It had to be approved by city officials and the partnership had to resolve a dispute with Mayor Steve Bach about the project’s urban renewal designation and its qualification for the use of sales tax revenue to fund parking, utility and other infrastructure projects.

“All the papers were signed, sealed and delivered,” said Chuck Murphy, president of Murphy Constructors. “We’ll be over there next week, kicking the rocks.”

He said he expects construction to take about nine months.