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Downtown bar about to be demolished

Kathy HeicherVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailAn artist's rendering of the new Brush Creek Saloon building in Eagle.
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EAGLE – Hold on to your bar stool.The Brush Creek Saloon is moving down the street temporarily while its former home downtown is demolished.Wendy Sachs, the owner of the 100-year-old building that houses the bar, says she’s ready to begin work a new, three-story brick building on the northeast corner of Third Street and Broadway.

The Eagle Town Board approved the project last summer, but demolition was held up by lawsuit between Sachs and her tenants. This week, they reached an agreement.The saloon will move to the corner of Second and Broadway, in the old brown building owned by local Realtor Fred Butler. The building has housed numerous bar and restaurant businesses in the past. It will take six to eight weeks making to retrofit the building to accommodate the Brush Creek Saloon said Butler, who plans to renovate when the Brush Creek moves back up the street.Sachs expects the construction of her new building to be an 18-month project, she said.

“I know I’m going to be very busy the next 1 1/2 years, but there is most definitely a very bright light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.The Brush Creek Saloon building was built in 1906 and has been expanded in phases. The Woodman Hall, a gathering place for local events, was once on the second floor. The high ceilings also left room for a gym, where basketball games were played, Sachs said. The section of the building that fronts Third Street was added in the 1920s. In 1921, when Eagle became the county seat, the county assessor’s offices were in the building. There is still an old-fashioned safe, with the vault encased in concrete, that Sachs uses as a beer cooler. She plans to keep the door of the safe to use it in the new building, she said. In the 1940s, a movie theater moved in. “The foundation walls are sort of slanted to accommodate the pitch of the floor,” Sachs said.

The new 14,835-square-foot building – slightly smaller than the original – will have shops on the first floor, offices on the second and four apartments on the third. Other tenants of the building have already relocated. Eagle Valley Glass has found space near the County Airport and Steve Isom’s planning business has moved to Capitol Street.”Everybody is absolutely, positively taken care of,” Sachs said.Although the original building will be demolished, Sachs said she intends to recycle materials wherever possible. The start of the demolition will dovetail with work on the Broadway streetscape, she added.”A lot of good things are happening downtown,” Sachs said.


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