El Paso cities on short list for stimulus project money

Four El Paso County projects are being considered for water and wastewater improvement efforts paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $60 million in projects are scheduled to start construction by the end of September – but not all of the 87 proposals on the list will receive money. Only about 30 projects will ultimately […]

Art on the Streets

The 11th annual Art on the Streets opens June 26, when 13 works will be officially introduced. There were a record 62 submission this year. Artwork in this year’s show represents the creative labor of artists from Colorado, Kansas, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Italy. “There’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be our […]

Vice mayor: council never told about Rivera, Marshall link

Mayor Lionel Rivera apparently never told his fellow City Council members that he had a fiduciary relationship with LandCo Equity Partners CEO Ray Marshall. The relationship was revealed this morning during a hearing conducted by the city’s Independent Ethics Commission. John Cook, an attorney who has represented Marshall, told the commission that Rivera had been […]

Lawyer confirms relationship between Rivera, Marshall

In an unanticipated development during Friday morning’s Independent Ethics Commission hearing, John Cook, a lawyer who has represented LandCo’s Ray Marshall in multiple lawsuits filed by Colorado Springs investor Jack W. Mason, confirmed that Mayor Lionel Rivera had been Marshall’s financial adviser at UBS from 2005 to early 2008. Cook came forward after attorney Lindsay […]

People on the Move – June 12, 2009

Wally Roy has joined CB&T Mortgage as a loan adviser. He has 10 years of mortgage experience. Jim Pagano has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional designation. He is a senior project manager for Nunn Construction Inc. Bob Blodgett has been named principal of Clifton Gunderson. He has nearly 35 years of […]

Ghosts of travelers past

Perry Sanders’ plans to convert the Mining Exchange Building and two adjacent properties into a luxury hotel would double the downtown hotel count – from one to two. But 82 years ago, a traveler seeking a hotel room would have had many more choices. According to the 1927 edition of Polk’s Colorado Springs Directory, downtown […]

Region’s construction employment: stayin’ alive

It’s a staggering – and sobering – statistic. While construction accounts for one fifth of the U.S. work force, the recession has battered the construction industry. The result has been the loss of 990,000 jobs and a climb in unemployment to 18.7 percent for the year ending in April, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist […]

Monument, Falcon lead likely development rebound list

From the firm’s new headquarters on South 8th Street, John Egan, president of Southwestern Commercial Properties, took a few minutes to provide an overview of an ever-changing and sometimes challenging real estate development market. Among his top picks for the next round of new neighborhood and destination retail centers were the town of Monument, neighborhoods […]

‘Hassle’ causing doctors to avoid new Medicare patients

Doctors – from internists to specialists – are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because of the “hassle factor,” […]

Velez already benefiting from move to Old Colorado City

Michael Velez had been a downtown retailer for 20 years, but last month he relocated Velez Gallery to Old Colorado City. The move was necessitated by what he believes is a changing retail environment in the downtown area. “I think downtown is a great place for night life, but people aren’t looking for window shopping,” […]