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 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 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.