ULI panel to present downtown recommendation again

The Urban Land Institute, which sent 10 panelists experienced with downtown redevelopment projects to evaluate Colorado Springs and recommend projects to improve downtown, will return.

The panel initially presented its findings, after an intensive week of reviewing past studies, touring the city and interviewing more than 120 residents, June 29 at the Fine Arts Center. But the presentation fell at the end of a week when 32,000 residents were evacuated and 346 home burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The panel chair and former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut will be back, along with a few other panelists to present the group’s complete written report, according to an announcement from the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.

The second presentation is out of the ordinary, but the institute decided to do it because so many of the city’s decision makers were distracted by the fire that week.

The panel recommended a few changes:  the need for new residential development, connecting key amenities like America the Beautiful Park to downtown, and creating a more cohesive group for downtown governance.

There is no date or location set yet for the panel’s return.

The institute also volunteered to send a disaster recovery advisory panel free of charge at a later date.