Debris Removal Progress and Deadline
Colorado Springs Together is pleased to announce that over 240 sites now have permits issued and are proceeding with debris removal and/or removal of foundations. This leaves a balance of about 110 home sites for which no permit has been issued. However, debris removal appears to be gaining momentum, as approximately 20 new permits have been issued just in the last week.
We would like to thank GE Johnson Construction Company for initiating the debris removal process in mid-July. Because the bulk of their work has been completed and the lots they have worked on have been made safe, they will now be leaving the neighborhood and removing their trailer from the lot adjacent to the Colorado Springs Together Center.
The companies below, all of which have worked with GE Johnson, are still available to work on the remaining 110 sites should homeowners need their services to help ensure that the neighborhood is cleared of debris as quickly as possible. These licensed companies know the proper process and protocol for debris removal:
- Buffalo Builders: 719-578-8100
- Custom Environmental Services: 719-598-1557
- Hudspeth & Associates: 303-791-5562
- Speedy Demolition: 719-528-6136
We are delighted to announce that several Colorado College students will be helping with the overall project management of the neighborhood clean-up and restoration process. You can expect to see the students in your neighborhood to record updates. Their work will allow progress to be shown on our website and at the Colorado Springs Together Center.
Originally we targeted the third week in August for debris removal to be completed by. However, as many residents are all too aware, the impact of the insurance process, the requirement to receive and review multiple bids from contractors, and the need for many homeowners to take time to evaluate their options has delayed this process.
In order to minimize further impact to the neighborhoods and residents, we have established a deadline of 9/30/12 by which to have all building debris removed. The City of Colorado Springs Planning and Code Enforcement departments will be communicating directly with any homeowners who have not yet been issued permits for the removal of fire debris.
As previously stated, a variety of licensed and approved contractors are available to carry out this work. Property owners may choose any licensed contractor to remove debris. Before commissioning a contractor, it is always a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau's database, as well as the resources available on the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department website.
Please also utilize the resources posted on the Colorado Springs Together website to help you move forward from sifting and debris removal to the various phases of restoration.
Thanks to all the contractors and homeowners who have moved forward with the debris removal process as quickly as they have been able. Your efforts have helped make significant restoration progress in Mountain Shadows over the last 8 weeks.
Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.