Latest News – April 22

The Old Moose Lodge Deemed Unsafe by Inspector

No matter what you call it – the blue buildings, the old Moose Lodge or more formally 140, 142 and 144 E. 6th Street – when the police tape went up to block off pedestrian traffic last Thursday, April 18, on the corner of E. 6th and Poplar, people took notice.

The Old Moose Lodge at 144 E. 6th Street has been closed off to pedestrian traffic last thursday April 19 after the building was determined to be unsafe and in danger of collapse.

The Old Moose Lodge at 144 E. 6th Street has been closed off to pedestrian traffic last thursday April 19 after the building was determined to be unsafe and in danger of collapse.

The buildings, which are owned by David and Nancy Nystrom of Loveland, have stood vacant for many years, most remembering them last occupied by the Moose Lodge in the early 90s. But last week, Leadville/Lake County Building Inspector Gary Pringey with Colorado Code Consulting, decided that the building was unsafe and shouldn’t be occupied by anyone, anytime soon.

The buildings have been unoccupied for years and poorly maintained, creating an eyesore in the  neighborhood.

The buildings have been unoccupied and poorly maintained, creating an eyesore in the neighborhood.

The initial cause for concern came with a phone call from a neighboring business owner who was concerned about recent bowing and shifting on the south side of buildings in recent weeks. No doubt the heavy snow this season put pressure on the old buildings, which, while part of local history, are not on the state historic registry.

According to Leadville City Administrator Sarah Dallas, the owner has contacted a fencing company to come in and secure the property, hopefully opening up pedestrian traffic in the area. In addition, Inspector Pringey has sent a certified letter to the owner requesting a course of action; the Nystrom’s have ten days in which to reply to the initial complaint. The next looming deadline for the building would be the 60 day mark where the owners would have to provide the city with a written report from a licensed engineer regarding the plans: demolition or restoration.

Stay tuned to Leadville Today for updates.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Turquoise Dam Road

A Rite of Spring! The Turquoise Lake Road has begun to get plowed by Lake County Road and Bridge. But don’t hurry out there, because it’s still closed to traffic and could take a while to clear. Sounds like the snow is pretty deep on the back side.. Photo: LCR&B

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