This rendering, by Comstock + Associates Inc., shows what the high-rise at Kiowa and Nevada might look like.

RDS Development is planning to build a high-rise, multi-use complex adjacent to City Auditorium, on the southeast corner of Nevada Avenue and Kiowa Street.
Development plans for the project were expected to be submitted to city planners on May 19. If approved, project backers say that infrastructure improvements and construction could begin as early as May 2007.
Other local developers have discussed the possibility of bringing a full-service or limited-service mixed use/hotel project to the city’s central business district, but the RDS project is the first to formally announce its intent.
The building, which could soar more than 20 stories, is envisioned to include trendy and upscale restaurants, retail stores, entertainment venues, Class A office space, residential space and a full-service, four-star hotel.
The upper nine floors would house about 100 residential condominiums and penthouse suites. Residents would share hotel amenities such as a spa and fitness center, concierge services, housekeeping and room service.
Retailers would likely occupy the first two floors, with a 250-room hotel between the shops and the residences. Four levels of underground parking are also scheduled for inclusion in the project.
RDS is working on the project with Heavenly Hospitality of Anthem, Ariz. The firm has developed similar projects throughout the western United States.
Cooper Holdings, an investor group that includes Ray O’Sullivan, Sam Guadagnoli, Alan Brown and Rodney Preisser, owns the property on which the high-rise would be built.
Comstock + Associates Inc., a Colorado Springs firm with a national hospitality portfolio, has been selected as the project architect.
“We’re working on similar mixed use projects across the country. A lot of hotels have a following of high-end or specialty type stores they bring with them,” said Dave Comstock. “It will be a landmark building its scope and height – one of the tallest buildings in downtown Colorado Springs. The elevation will include materials similar to those in surrounding historic buildings like the City Auditorium. But we will also incorporate modern aspects and plenty of glass on the condominium levels.”
Steve Boyette, vice president of RDS and the project’s manager, said the developers felt the timing was right to support and enhance the downtown market.
“Downtown Colorado Springs has grown tremendously in the past three to five years,” he said. “It’s thriving and we want to cater to that urban market.”
His remarks echo those of Downtown Partnership executive director Beth Kosley who sees the addition of a new hotel complex as a plus to the city’s center.
“Every research product we’ve been a part of says this downtown is ripe for more hotel rooms,” she said. “It’s a bonus to the entire community to get projects like this done.”
Likewise, Sam Guadagnoli said the high-rise center will be a boon to the vibrancy of the city. He cited San Diego, Dallas and Denver as cities where multiple hotels and mixed use developments have been constructed.
“It’s good for everybody, Guadagnoli said. “Look at it this way: if Caesar’s Palace was the only casino in Vegas, it wouldn’t be a big deal.”
Because the location is next to City Auditorium, the partners plan to participate, along with other downtown developers, in upgrading the historic building for continued use as conference and expo space. They see the hotel’s meeting rooms as a complement to space available at the auditorium.
The high-rise structure will be grand and memorable, O’Sullivan said.
“Our goal is to highlight sweeping views of Pikes Peak while still blending with the local environment and cityscape,” he said. “Colorado Springs is growing up. The community has shown that it is ready for a vibrant downtown.”
Becky.Hurley@csbj.com