DENVER — The Saucy Noodle in Denver is the latest Bonnie Brae-area business to face the possibility of demolition, according to a Facebook post by restaurant owners.
The Italian restaurant, located at 727 S. University Blvd., has been in the neighborhood since 1964 serving up homemade pastas, sauces and pizzas.
Owners of the Saucy Noodle took to social media to voice frustrations over a notice posted on the restaurant’s front door earlier this week saying that the city had received a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility Application from the owner of the building.
“We have been tenants here for 55 years. We deserved to be notified, to let our staff know at least, they deserved better,” the Facebook post says. “We currently have a lease to occupy the premises until December 31st of this year and have not been told anything otherwise."
An application for a "certificate of demolition eligibility" means that Denver's landmark preservation team will analyze the building for potential historical designation.
"We have had no communication from our landlord regarding this notice and we are extremely saddened by this on all levels," the Facebook post says.
After a public notice of the demolition eligibility is posted, the community has 21 days to submit a historic designation application or or a notice of intent to file an application for the city to review. If that's submitted, the city will review it.
In this case, the community has until March 17 to submit the application. If, however, the city does end up approving a "nonhistoric" designation, a demolition permit will automatically be approved if one is submitted.
A spokesperson for Denver Community Planning & Development said property owners often apply for a certificate of demolition application when they intend to sell the property so the buyer has options.
The building owner has not returned 9NEWS' request for comment.
"Being kind was the center of my grandfather's core values, what he taught me above all else, what I live every day of my life, how could something this monumental not be done with some kindness?" another Facebook post from The Saucy Noodle reads.
The Saucy Noodle isn't the only business in the neighborhood to face the possibility of demolition recently. Last month, a concept plan showed that the Bonnie Brae Tavern and a neighboring gift shop could be replaced with a three-story, multi-use development.
The initial concept plan, which has yet to be formally submitted to the city, calls for a 68,000-square-foot building with 43 residential units and parking spaces, as well as ground-floor retail and restaurants.
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