DENVER – Work is underway to tear down the remnants of the Rockies Inn near Interstate 25 and Evans Avenue.
For the past several months, not even a chain link fence could obscure the view of what some businesses see as the eyesore next door.
“It was an eyesore,” admitted Kitty Alvarez, bartender at the Dirty Duck Bar. “It was a terrible eyesore.”
Late Thursday afternoon, Alvarez was hoping for a bigger happy hour crowd. Business has changed since the massive fire next door.
“It’s kind of hard to think you want to go into a bar next to a burnt down, abandoned building,” Alvarez said.
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The Dirty Duck survived the fire that consumed the Rockies Inn on April 1st, but Alvarez said the bar was left without power and closed its doors for 45 days.
“It was really bad,” Alvarez said, recalling the day of the fire. “You could feel the heat as you went out the back door.”
The Dirty Duck opened its doors again in mid-May, but the Rockies Inn had yet to be torn down. Alvarez said she noticed crews starting to demolish the building in recent weeks.
“We’re just happy to see the Rockies Inn is finally coming down,” she said. “It’s been a long time.”
The cleaning up and tearing down will last another couple weeks, but at least the eyesore next door will soon be no more.
In place of the Rockies Inn, construction crews will build an environmentally friendly, solar-powered storage facility according to a spokesman from Focus Property Group. Construction on the Greenbox Self Storage facility is expected to be complete in about a year.
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