Colorado Depot LRA Taps Matrix to Prepare Reuse Plan

The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., on Friday selected Colorado Springs-based Matrix Design Group to craft a redevelopment plan and homeless assistance submission for the Colorado site.

PuebloPlex hopes to complete contract negotiations in time for Matrix to begin work shortly.

The plan will cover 16,000 acres at the depot that the Army declared surplus in late 2013. The Army will retain control of about 7,000 acres at the depot — which was realigned under the 1988 BRAC round — until it finishes destroying mustard-agent weapons that have been stored there for about 60 years.

Matrix beat out two other finalists — Burns & McDonnell and Weston Solutions — for the $700,000 effort, which will require it to evaluate the depot’s assets, gather community input, and determine the uses most likely to promote employment and enhance the tax base.

“Matrix Design Group’s presentation stood out for its substantial and appropriate integration of Pueblo content within the project. Most importantly, the Matrix presentation aligned well with our philosophy of treating this project more like a business startup, rather than a base closing,” said Russell DeSalvo III, president and CEO of PuebloPlex, according to a press release.

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