Survey to gauge desire for downtown apartments

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DHN Planning & Development is conducting research to decide whether to move forward with downtown apartments.

DHN owner Dasey Nicklasson began circulating a survey earlier this month asking whether people who work downtown might want to live there too. She is considering building an apartment project within five or six blocks of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street.

While she isn’t a developer, she has worked in neighborhood development for years. As a downtown dweller herself, she wants to improve the city’s downtown image.

“I can see that this is one of the first steps,” Nicklasson said. “Nobody else seems to be taking it. I can see it, so why not do it myself?”

She expects to wrap up the research by the end of December.

As of Monday morning 123 people had responded to the  survey, and 45 said they would like to live downtown, 31 said no, 33 said maybe and 14 said they already do.

All those in favor of  living downtown named proximity to retail, restaurants and bars as their primary reason.

Nicklasson wants at least 200 respondents for the market sample.

The survey can be found at http://Downtown-CS-Housing-Survey.questionpro.com