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How does a city replace what it once threw carelessly away? From 1960 to 1980, downtown lost approximately 1,000 residential units. Many buildings that contained them have long since disappeared, as has the downtown culture that supported them. The long process of demolition and change was carefully recorded by local photographers Helen and James McCaffery. […]
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More than 4,000 names are on a list to obtain affordable housing (2013 Quality of Life Indicators). A few years ago, Martha (not her real name) and her granddaughter lived in a dangerous neighborhood in El Paso County, with high crime and drugs. She feared for her grandchild’s safety, well-being and her education. Martha’s name […]
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RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for real estate data, on Thursday released an August Foreclosure Market Report which shows 1,478 Colorado properties with a foreclosure filing, up 23 percent from July and up 57 percent from a year ago — the biggest annual increase in Colorado foreclosure activity since April 2007. Colorado Springs’ foreclosure rate jumped […]
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Blue Dot starts a new trend

“Why are we going ahead?” asked Darsey Nicklasson. “Because Colorado Springs needs this.” In a letter explaining their decision to go ahead with their long-planned, 33-unit Blue Dot apartment development on South Nevada Avenue, Nicklasson and partner Kathy Loo made their point in a single sentence. “We will continue to be a very active part […]
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Foreclosure rates in Colorado Springs decreased for the month of June over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic. The CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Colorado Springs foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.82 percent for June 2014, a decrease of 0.04 percent compared to June 2013 when […]
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Some interesting facts came to mind as I was looking over the new Pikes Peak Association of Realtors report. While local sales are basically the same as they were a year ago, the full report includes an “investor snapshot” that indicates single family/patio homes sales in July were the highest for the month since 2007. […]
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Small developers find different obstacles every step of the way What’s the key to downtown development? Is it City for Champions, tearing down the Martin Drake Power Plant, or is it something else? We don’t know. But regardless of your position on C4C or Drake, you likely agree with downtown boosters that more residential development […]
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Kristian and Jaenette Coyne are self-described Parade of Homes buffs. The Black Forest couple travels to Summit County and Denver to get their fix. This August, they’ll need only roll out of bed to begin touring one of this year’s Housing and Building Association’s annual parade homes. “I never thought we would be rebuilding a […]
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Housing starts locally will come close to meeting the demand this year, according to a leading area economist. New building permits are running ahead of last year; permits totaled 1,217 through July 2012, increasing to 1,757 for the first seven months this year, a jump of 44 percent. Fred Crowley, economist with UCCS, tracks supply […]
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Construction companies are taking out more single family permits. Consumers are feeling more confident. And, people are buying more cars. Three indicators, described in the Quarterly Update by the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, show the local economy has continued its growth since the summer of 2011. The best performance indicators were new single family permits, […]
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Housing construction is up, consumer confidence is up and more than 21,000 new cars are expected to be sold in the county by year’s end. These are the biggest changes in this latest quarter in El Paso County from one year ago and mark some of the county’s strongest performance since bottoming out in February […]
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With nearly 350 homes burned to the ground and potentially thousands more in need of cleaning and repair, local home builders, remodeling and construction companies stand to see big increases in business.
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