From the city’s top brass to local business organizations, a consensus has been reached: There are myriad reasons to be optimistic entering 2016. Following the Great Recession, natural disasters, political infighting and the inability to form a cohesive vision for Colorado Springs, 2015 appears to have set the stage for a new year of progress […]
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Sometime this summer, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utility Board, will begin the process of deciding what to do about Rosemont Reservoir, an impoundment that supplies irrigation water to The Broadmoor hotel. As the Business Journal reported last July, Colorado Springs Utilities had been engaged in periodic negotiations with The Broadmoor, which […]
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Three years ago, the city of Colorado Springs received state tourism funding to create a City for Champions — four projects designed to increase tourism in Colorado Springs. One of those, the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, has some big predictions to meet as its organizers get ready to formally break ground. In […]
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A decade ago, what is now the Cottonwood Center for the Arts was shoehorned into a former city utilities building near the Colorado Avenue Bridge. It wasn’t the greatest venue, but it was affordable, with reasonably convenient studio and exhibition space for artists. Downtown wasn’t the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, but it was certainly a […]
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In a peer-reviewed study released this week by Environmental Science and Technology, four prominent scientists (including Christopher Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines) call for strict regulation and a possible worldwide ban of an entire class of fluorinated chemicals related to those that contaminated wells and drinking water systems in Fountain Valley. The contamination […]
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When the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened the innovative John Gaw Meem building in 1936, it was the culmination of one extraordinary woman’s vision. Alice Bemis Taylor, aided by friends Julie Penrose and Elizabeth Sage Hare, conceived and largely funded the FAC. It was an extraordinary gift to a sleepy little tourist town of […]
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Three-and-a-half years after former Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach submitted the city’s application for state tax increment financing for the City for Champions proposal, one key component of the proposal is virtually dead. “It’s very unlikely that the downtown sports and events center can be built without public funding,” said Mayor John Suthers. “I don’t […]
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The 83-page Southwest Downtown Concept Plan, unveiled to Colorado Springs City Council during its July 24 work session, is long on gauzy renderings, optimistic financial projections and enthusiastic proponents. It’s short on private-sector commitments, and its estimates of job creation, new construction and increased tax revenues don’t include any supporting data. The plan’s 20-year projections […]
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By some estimates, Colorado’s infrastructure deficit is increasing at the rate of $1 billion annually, and will continue to do so unless local, state and national governments can work together to successfully find new funding sources. Although there are many theoretically feasible solutions, all have drawbacks. New funding from state and local governments will require […]
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“It’s really ugly,” Hoff & Leigh principal Holly Trinidad said cheerfully, standing outside 25 Spruce St. on a recent sunny afternoon. “But wait till we finish our renovation. You won’t recognize it.” The commercial real estate agency has begun the renovation of the Spruce Street property, which is already about 50 percent leased, and Trinidad […]
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On Monday afternoon, downtown hotelier and entrepreneur Perry Sanders formally abandoned his quest to repurpose Antlers Park as the sports and events center as part of a City for Champions proposal, stating he had found “a better downtown site.” Sanders confirmed the previous site was a last-ditch choice, brought forward because of time constraints. Unless […]
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Some teenagers aspire to be the next Aaron Rodgers or Kim Kardashian. However, others set their sights on becoming more like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. “My dad was an entrepreneur and my uncle is, so I have a lot of entrepreneurship in my family,” said Adrian Dixon, a junior at Launch High School. “A […]
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