Downtown Kum & Go must request exception to form-based code

Kum & Go, an Iowa-based gas station and convenience store chain, submitted plans for a new downtown location to Colorado Springs Land Use Review last week.

The chain announced plans this winter to expand into the Colorado Springs market with its larger-scale convenience stores, which are commonly Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. Since then, Kum & Go has announced at least three planned stores and recently opened one at the intersection of Vickers Road and Academy Boulevard.

A Kum & Go spokeswoman said the station planned for the downtown corner of Nevada Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard is too new and the company wasn’t ready to discuss it.

City planner Ryan Tefertiller said the gas station chain submitted plans that reflect the other stations Kum & Go has announced in town. But because the station will be in the downtown core, it will have to comply with the downtown form-based code.

“There are some quantifiable standards this probably won’t conform with,” Tefertiller said.

A building in the downtown form-based code area has to be built up to the sidewalk, which a gas station will not be able to do practically.

“They will need relief from that building envelope,” he said.

The Downtown Review Board will address it at the next meeting, Tefertiller said.


3 Responses to Downtown Kum & Go must request exception to form-based code

  1. Whats the code for soup kitchens and homeless shelters?

    June 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

  2. Call me old school, but growing up here I would never consider South Nevada and Las Vegas St as downtown. For City Plannings sake it is included in the Imagine Downtown Master Plan but you won’t catch me calling it Downtown.

    Jacque Stanley
    June 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  3. Wow. Another gas station/convenience store is our town’s idea of economic development? here’s another idea: how about data centers that employ racks of computers but almost no actual human employees? we really need to get a grip.

    June 21, 2012 at 7:57 am