Pikes Peak summit house work may start by 2016

COLORAOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Renovations on a dilapidated visitors center atop Pikes Peak could start in 2015 or 2016 after years of delay.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports a lawsuit and lack of money have stalled the project, but those obstacles appear to be removed.

The city of Colorado Springs owns the building on the 14,110-foot peak in the Pike National Forest.

Money the city planned to use on the project was diverted to repaving the summit highway after the Sierra Club filed suit in 1999, saying erosion from the road was affecting streams.

Paving was completed in 2011, freeing up to $800,000 a year in tolls from the summit road.

Officials are reviewing plans drawn up in the 1990s to see if they are still usable.

No cost estimate was available.