DDA awards $130,000 to beautify downtown

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Nineteen downtown businesses and organizations have been awarded $130,000 in challenge grants from the Downtown Development Authority to spruce up downtown.

Renovation plans include adding landscaping, infrastructure upgrades, new signage and even a couple of murals.

A grant was awarded to help create the Conservation Hardware Center, a store that sells sustainable energy accessories, at 409 N. Tejon St.

Money was also given to help pay for the 2010 Indie Spirit Film Festival.

This is the second year the DDA has awarded the challenge grants, though last year $320,000 was made available.

Here’s a list of the businesses and projects:




130 E. Kiowa, LLC

130 E. Kiowa St.

Window and frame restoration

303 S. Cascade, LLC/First Business Brokers

303 S. Cascade Ave.

Landscaping, sidewalk repairs and building painting

Acacia, LLC

31 & 35 E. Platte Ave.

New windows, facia treatments and awnings

Chadbourn Community Church

402 S. Conejos Street

Window trim paint and new front door

Colorado Springs Conservation Corps

409 N. Tejon St., Suite 106

Create downtown Conservation Hardware Center

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

215 S. Tejon Street

Exterior rehabilitation of courthouse

Copper – Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

121 S. Tejon Street, Suite 121

Exterior sign

ESM (Ecumenical Social Ministries)

201 N. Weber Street

Mural on exterior of building


Under the Colorado Avenue Bridge

Flaunt/Evolution Event Under the Bridge

Imagination Celebration

Pikes Peak Center

Free Festival Event in July

Independent Film Society

Various Downtown venues

Seed money for 2010 Indie Spirit Film Festival

Mt. Tejon

125 ½ N. Tejon Street

Exterior sign and door upgrades

Pikes Peak Arts Fest

America the Beautiful Park

Three day free art event

Rasta Pasta of Colorado Springs, LLC

405 N. Tejon Street

Exterior sign, mural and sidewalk dining area

Sierra Madre Investments, LLP

14 & 18 N. Sierra Madre

Exterior wall mural

Terry’s Art Inc. dba Boulder Street Gallery

206 N. Tejon Street

Stained glass work for exterior building facade

The Club of Arts

825 N. Cascade Ave.

Fashion Art Festival and fundraiser

The Modbo

17 C. E. Bijou (in the alley)

Art and Music Gallery enhancements

Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado Sign

315 E. Costilla Street

Landscaping, lighting and sign