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City leaders are looking to the historic City Auditorium to star in the revitalization of  downtown. But in order to play that role, City Aud, as it’s commonly called, needs major repairs, upgrades and some fresh ideas. The city issued a request for proposals Oct. 3, seeking a company to professionally manage and maintain the […]
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Attendees of the upcoming UCCS Economic Forum will hear a slightly different presentation compared to the past few years. “The national economist and myself will be talking about the next U.S. economic downturn,” said Tatiana Bailey, executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum. “Colorado Springs and the state have been outperforming the nation … in […]
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Urban renewal is about taking a place nobody wants to touch, and turning it into somewhere everyone wants to be. When it works, derelict buildings, empty lots and crime-infested streets give way to lively stretches of entertainment, art, shopping, dining and retail. The once-blighted neighborhood loses its stigma but retains a distinctive culture — and […]
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Colorado Springs is enjoying a booming economy right now. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Colorado Springs area’s gross domestic product — an estimate of the value of goods and services produced in a metropolitan area — increased 5 percent in 2017, the biggest gain since 2010. But the rising economic tide […]
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  The shape and scope of Creekwalk — a key piece in the burgeoning development in the South Nevada Urban Renewal Area — has been revealed. The 61,700-square-foot shopping center will sit on approximately 11 acres, stretching from Ramona Avenue south to East Cheyenne Road, bounded by South Nevada Avenue and Cheyenne Creek.   Creekwalk […]
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A lending opportunity is available to residents and businesses operating in Southeast Colorado Springs with the goal of helping prevent crime. “This is one of the most exciting and innovative approaches to criminal justice reform in the nation,” said Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs. “The Transforming Safety project is an elegant meeting of economic development […]
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PlanCOS, the city’s first update to its comprehensive plan since 2001, is intended to provide a framework for decisions about future growth and development. A public draft of the plan was released last week, and the city is asking business professionals to review the draft and give feedback. The plan sets out a vision and […]
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An agreement between the city of Manitou Springs and the Manitou Urban Renewal Authority will result in a $1.8 million windfall for the city in the next 18 months. At its June 5 meeting, Manitou’s City Council approved an agreement that will allow the city to retain tax increment funding it normally remits to the […]
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Before the U.S. became a nation of suburbs, neighborhoods would often include small cafés and markets mixed among the houses. “I think that’s one of the reasons we wanted to open Willamette Market and Deli,” said co-owner Natalie Peck. “We are from Portland [Ore.] and could walk from our house there to a market and […]
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After a slow start, development in the Commercial Aeronautical Zone surrounding Colorado Springs Airport is poised to take off. There’s particular excitement about the prospect of development at Peak Innovation Park, the 900-acre master-planned business park that occupies the south end of the zone, on both sides of Milton Proby Parkway at the entrance to […]
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Former Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder envisions a vibrant commercial hub at the east end of Manitou Avenue. Retail businesses flourish on the ground floors of new buildings, which also encompass office space and apartments. Sidewalks tinted Manitou Rose meander through the area, which is softened by landscaping and public art. Lampposts that mimic historic […]
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In the wake of tragedies such as the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., school shooting and the Olympic sexual abuse scandals, numerous organizations are looking within themselves to reaffirm the core values underlying their brands. A wide range of companies, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Walmart and Kroger, halted sales...