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...
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...
More than 185,500 ballots have so far been returned statewide for the Nov. 5 coordinated election, and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office released a list of common mistakes seen this election cycle. Corrections for the most common errors are as follows. 1. You must sign your own ballot envelope:...
By Pam Zubeck A rocky couple of months after being chosen to negotiate an emergency ambulance contract with Colorado Springs ended on Oct. 11 when the city announced it had scrapped talks with Falck Rocky Mountain. The city now will try to hammer out a new five-year contract, with five one-year options,...
They may sometimes have their differences, but the mayors of seven jurisdictions from Monument to Pueblo agree that many of the issues they face require cooperative, regional solutions. “I’m very aware as the mayor of Colorado Springs that what happens in Colorado Springs, particularly in terms of economic development, impacts...
By J. Adrian Stanley and Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent  The El Paso County Assessor’s Office announced plans last week to tax short-term rentals, often referred to by the brand name Airbnb, as commercial properties. The change opens a can of worms regarding how those properties are handled by city and...