Lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest wildfires are helping the city and county fight the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. “Every time we have a major event like that, we go back and we look at it and say, ‘How can we do things better?’” said...
Development is shifting in the South Nevada Urban Renewal Area, with newly empty blocks signaling progress on the much-anticipated Creekwalk shopping center, now expected to open this winter. Other milestones include a new hotel coming to 1619 S. Tejon St. and a Maverik gas station — and construction is about...
More than 14 months since the search started, there’s still no word on a vendor to operate and manage Colorado Springs’ City Auditorium. City officials acknowledged that the process is taking a long time — the request for proposals went out Oct. 3, 2018 — but said it’s because it...
Colorado legislators have wasted no time in getting started on new laws that could affect businesses. At the one-month mark of the 2020 session, more than 300 bills have been introduced. Many other proposals are being discussed but have not been introduced yet. “Just the sheer volume of legislation has been...
The 2020 Census will determine whether Colorado gets billions more in federal funding and — potentially — an eighth congressional seat. It’s also critical for collecting data for planning and policymaking. The nationwide count of population and households — taken every 10 years in the U.S. and its territories as...
By this summer, Colorado Springs Parking Enterprise Director Scott Lee plans to make parking in downtown Colorado Springs a lot more convenient. The city is working with Milwaukee-based CivicSmart, a vendor of smart parking meters, to replace the current street meters with a product that can interface with a mobile...
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers makes a to-do list every year. He said he checked off most of his tasks for 2019. But one item didn’t get done — and it became a top priority on this year’s list. The city is still trying to resolve litigation over stormwater runoff. The...
A year ago, Mayor John Suthers was worried about the progress of the City for Champions suite of projects, which he views as a tourism and development boost for the city. Although the state had granted $120.5 million in sales tax increment funding through the Regional Tourism Act, the city...
The ghosts of historic buildings Colorado Springs has lost haunt Mayor John Suthers. He sees the outlines of the 1912 Burns Theater, which occupied a space on the south side of Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Reputed to be one of the finest venues west of...
After months of contentious discussions with Colorado Springs property owners, City Council has finally created new regulations to govern the operation of short-term rental properties, commonly offered through online booking platforms like VRBO and Airbnb. A divided Council voted 5-4 on Dec. 5 to approve new provisions as recommended by...
By Pam Zubeck Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 12 to grant a local business a tax incentive but refused to name the business. It’s unclear when the identity will be revealed for a company to which the city assigned the code name “Project Beach.” For $14,310 in sales and...
Deep in the heart of Pike & San Isabel National Forests (PSI) are thousands of winding and bifurcating passages resembling an intricate network of arteries and veins. These 2,500-plus miles of trails and roads in forestlands spanning 15 Colorado counties transport nature lovers and recreationists to and from some of...