In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated an old Colorado Smelter Facility as an “EPA Superfund Site” due to high levels of lead and arsenic found in soil of the surrounding area. Studies completed by the EPA showed a need for soil cleanups and remediation to protect the health and safety of residents living in the neighborhoods. The EPA has worked on soil cleanups and remediation and has sponsored and supported brainstorming and planning of future use and revitalization of the area.
The CSRP was formed and hosted community meetings, developed a revitalization plan for the community, and brought the plan to Pueblo City Council for official adoption. Now, the CSRP is working toward carrying out the plan to revitalize the Bessemer, Eiler’s Heights/Bojon Town, and Grove neighborhoods.
The CSRP is working to carry out the newly adopted revitalization plan in the neighborhoods and has the following goals::
- Connectivity and Cultural Heritage
- Thriving Neighborhoods
- Vibrant Commercial, with over 30 achievable efforts
To see projects the CSRP hopes to achieve, review the revitalization plan
Current CSRP Projects
In July 2021, the CSRP received grant funds to accomplish several projects identified in the Revitalization Plan.
Pueblo History and Art Walk
The Pueblo History and Art Walk was created to acknowledge the history of the Bessemer, Eiler’s Heights/Bojon Town, and Grove neighborhoods, while also adding new amenities, infrastructure, and art to the area. The Art Walk consists of three loops extending into each of the three neighborhoods starting and ending at the Pueblo Riverwalk. The team leading this project is working to encourage physical activity and community connection by:
- Installing wayfinding and gateway signage in the neighborhoods along the walk
- Adding three art sculptures along the Art Walk
- Promoting the Art Walk to community members
Beautification and Safety Infrastructure
The CSRP developed a team to work on planning beautification and high-quality infrastructure projects to provide a safe and pleasant space for community members to enjoy. The team will be completing projects to accomplish these goals and are set to be completed by June 2022.
- Wrapping and painting utility boxes or vacant shop windows with historical photos in the neighborhoods.
- Adding one or more community murals.
- Adding safety features. Possible projects include, but are not limited to; better walking and biking areas, directional signage, adding more recreation services, and beautification events hosted by neighborhoods residents.
A Future Project to be Determined by the CSRP
The CSRP has additional funds for one or more additional projects related to the built environment and health, which will be determined by the coalition.
Possible projects could include:
- connecting the neighborhoods to recreation options
- connecting the neighborhoods to downtown Pueblo such as bike racks, bike locks, community shared bikes, and other walking and biking equipment
- improving streetscapes with beautification, pedestrian friendly infrastructure, and neighborhood signage
To join the CSRP coalition, help with projects, or for more information, contact Darena Herschler.
Darena Herschler: 719-583-4320
Previous Public Meetings
- CSRP June 25, 2020 Planning Department Public Meeting
- June 23, 2020 Bessemer Association for Neighborhood Development (BAND) Meeting
- June 11, 2020 Grove Area Partnership (GAP) Neighborhood Meeting
- February 2020 City Council Work Session
- October 2018 Visioning Session Coordinated by EPA and Skeo
- June 2017 Building Blocks for Equitable Development Workshop
- February 2016: Superfund Community Visioning Workshop