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Within the next few months, the state Mined Land Reclamation Board is expected to consider Transit Mix Concrete’s application for a quarry permit on a portion of the 1,200-acre historic Hitch Rack Ranch just south of Colorado Springs on Highway 115. This is the second quarry permit application that the company, a subsidiary of Chicago-based […]
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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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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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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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As the four-year process of merging the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Colorado College moves slowly along, it seems a cultural shift is already well underway. That shift has impacted the Fine Arts Center, but a recently created draft statement of a “museum subcommittee” created as part of the strategic planning process predicts cultural […]
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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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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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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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Both Colorado Springs and Pueblo are trying to put together deals to build downtown sports/event facilities. Political and business leaders as well as downtown advocates in each city have long yearned for such facilities. It’s an article of faith among economic development advocates that such sports venues accelerate and sustain downtown economic revitalization. Yet they’re […]
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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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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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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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