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Judge Harlan Bockman’s decision regarding the city’s dispute with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) couldn’t be worse news for the city. The facts of the case are simple. When the city leased Memorial Health Systems to the University of Colorado Health in 2012, it received a payment of $259 million to cover potential… Continue Reading City’s dice roll on PERA comes up snake eyes

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Stadium’s fate could swing C4C outcome

  Of the four components in the City for Champions proposal, the downtown stadium concept has emerged as the least popular. Skeptical City Councilors have cast doubt on the facility’s estimated cost ($92.7 million), its optimistic attendance projections (781,000 by its fifth year) and its financial structure (100 percent from public sources). In the original… Continue Reading Stadium’s fate could swing C4C outcome

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Will we ever build anything in southwest downtown? Or will we just let the blight age like a fine single-malt whiskey? Surely the deserted area would be more picturesque with more cracks in the few sidewalks that remain, more broken windows, more potholes in streets that go nowhere, more parking lots where no one parks,… Continue Reading Are we destined to repeat our 1989 mistake?

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Council President Keith King is at it again. At a specially called Council meeting Monday afternoon, King came prepared to present Council with a proposed resolution “concerning the proposed City for Champions.” He also plans to name a “code review committee.” The proposed resolution seems to be an attempt by King to wrest control of… Continue Reading King’s latest forays delve into C4C, City Charter review

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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected… Continue Reading King unloads gargantuan plan for Council to evaluate C4C

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Inn at Palmer Divide finds its niche

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The Inn at Palmer Divide is a quiet, relatively new hotel/events center located north of Colorado Highway 105 between Monument and Palmer Lake. With 24 rooms and ample space for hosting weddings, small conferences, and community events, its location is ideal for travelers who don’t want to deal with the traffic and crowds of Denver… Continue Reading Inn at Palmer Divide finds its niche

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Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts stays busy

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In 1997, Jina Brennaman, a young mother of four, moved to Palmer Lake from Glenwood Springs, where she had taught ceramics at the Glenwood Center for the Arts. Once here, she saw a vacant building with ample room for artists to work and display their art, persuaded donors to buy the building and began offering… Continue Reading Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts stays busy

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Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

“Colorado Springs is the heart of the United States Olympic movement,” former Colorado College President Dick Celeste told City Council this week. “But unlike Pikes Peak, [the Olympic Committee] can move.” To forestall any such departure, Celeste suggested the city move vigorously forward with City for Champions, the four-project proposal to which the state Economic… Continue Reading Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

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Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

The news of city Chief of Staff Laura Neumann’s resignation earlier this week stunned community leaders and elected officials alike. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding her March 1 departure, it’s not good news for the city no matter how it’s spun. Tellingly, City Councilors Jan Martin and Jill Gaebler used the same phrase in separate… Continue Reading Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

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City, partners release plan to end homelessness in Springs

Before a packed house at the City Administration Building on Wednesday afternoon, Suzi Bach and city staffer Aimee Cox announced a new effort to end homelessness in Colorado Springs. According to supporters, “The city, although not a direct provider, is committed to engaging with service providers, business leaders, policy makers and the public to promote… Continue Reading City, partners release plan to end homelessness in Springs

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