When commercial broker and developer Tim Leigh got the results of a 2005 hotel market study and put a pencil to a proposed 75-room Hampton Inn Suites in Woodland Park, the numbers looked good. But perhaps even more compelling was the opportunity to team with a city on the move. In 2001, the town formed an 11-member downtown development authority and qualified for Urban Renewal tax incremental funding to support redevelopment of a revitalized downtown core. Based on its history as a primary service center for the turn-of-the-century mining district, the organization’s goal is for Woodland Park to again become an economic and social “anchor,” said city planning director Joe Napoleon.
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