Bass Pro plans submitted for review

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Gary Erickson’s Northgate Properties submitted plans Wednesday for a 117,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop on the far north end of Colorado Springs to the Land Use Review board.

“It’s pretty much what you would expect,” said Colorado Springs senior planner Larry Larson, “a lot of natural materials, stone and wood.”

At 117,000-square-feet the building takes up about 3.5 acres. It will also stand 65 feet tall.

“It’s a pretty good sized building,” Larson said.

The location is about 2,000 feet southwest of the intersection of Northgate Boulevard and Voyager Parkway and sits directly adjacent to I-25 and just south of the Western Museum of Mining.

The Bass Pro Shop, announced in late February, is to be the first major development on 2.4 million square feet of land. Erickson said he plans to develop Copper Ridge into a luxury retail complex featuring a family-oriented resort-style hotel with a 3,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor water park. Plans also call for other retail development.  Erickson has said he hopes to lure luxury retailers like Neiman Markus and Nordstrom.

National retail analysts have said that while Bass might not generally attract luxury retailers like that, it will almost certainly drive development wherever it’s built.

The stores tend to draw traffic regionally and Bass Pro is the largest tourist attraction in some of the states where it operates, according to a February press release from the outdoor gear retailer.

The location on the north end of Colorado Springs will feature waterfalls, a running creek stocked with fish for fishing lessons and an under-water-themed 12-lane bowling alley and restaurant called the Fish Bowl.

The Bass Pro Shop fits within the approved uses and the approved master plan for the area, Larson said. He said it will take six to seven weeks for Land Use Review to finish its process and approve the project. Erickson will be able to submit building permit applications to the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department any time, but they can’t be approved until the review board gives the project a green light, Larson said.

He said Erickson already has a grading permit and has started preparing the site.

Bass Pro might be in a building race with competitor Cabella’s, which announced this week it will be opening a store in Lone Tree, about a 30-minute drive from northern Colorado Springs.

Neither Erickson or his engineering director Bob Yoo returned calls Thursday requesting comment and a rendering of the planned development.

For more about the Bass Pro Shop’s arrival in the Springs, click here.