They’ve already pulled a billion dollars worth of gold out of the ground but now this site in Colorado hopes to make some more money above the surface. Developers at the Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel property in Idaho Springs have big plans for the historic Colorado landmark including the construction of a gondola that would open as soon as next summer.
CBS4 reports developers already have special zoning approved for this project and say it will serve as an access point to 14 miles of year-round hiking and biking trails the town is developing. Construction on a gondola is scheduled to begin within months. All of the development is planned on a reclaimed EPA Superfund site.
“People were telling me you are crazy to buy a Superfund site, but once we made friends with the EPA they love the idea of adaptive reuse. So, hopefully we become their poster child for what you can do with a Superfund site.” –Mary Jane Loevlie (Owner)
They plan on naming the gondola The Mighty Argo Cable Car and it will take adventurers and their gear up the hill to access miles of trails for hiking and biking.
“Twelve to 14 miles of trails that are only 35 minutes from downtown Denver, you know what’s happening with that community.”
They are still waiting for the green light on final designs and permitting but developers are optimistic about a grand opening of the gondola next summer.
images from Argo-Gold-Mine-and-Mill FB & colorado.gov