Kelly Johnson attracts business

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<B>By KAREN SUCHARSKI</B> <I><FONT SIZE=-1>Staff Reporter</FONT></I>

Kelly Johnson Boulevard’s accessibility; its proximity to a booming retailarea, the Air Force Academy, and Interstate 25; and the availability of landsurrounding it are attracting a variety of users.

First Pic Lodging LLC has purchased 3.21 acres at 1075 Kelly Johnson Blvd.for $390,000 to build two hotels. The first, a Sleep Inn, is an 84-room,three-story, $1.5 million project expected to open this month. The second,a Comfort Suite, will consist of 65 suites in a two-story, 38,000-square-footbuilding that also will offer convention facilities. The Comfort Suite willbe finished in the fall.

First Pic’s managing partner, Mark Payne, said the partnership owns otherhotels in Arizona, Idaho, and Montana. These are the first hotels in thestate and the partnership is looking at other opportunities elsewhere inColorado.

Goodwill Industries has purchased 2.15 acres for $304,375 at 1070 Kelly JohnsonBlvd. for the construction of a location to serve the growing north sideof the city.

Car dealerships that were not interested in the Chapel Hills Auto Mall onHighway 83 are interested in sites on the wide street.

The boulevard is already home to three large office complexes that housesuch businesses as Bendata Inc., Simtek Inc., and a variety of insurancefirms, real estate brokerages, and nonprofit organizations.

Kelly Johnson is also home to two credit unions. Air Academy Federal CreditUnion has been headquartered at 1355 Kelly Johnson Blvd. since the 1980s.Security Service Federal Credit Union expanded its presence on the northside last December when it bought its building at 1485 Kelly Johnson Blvd.for more than $2 million.