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The Woodland Park of the future could look considerably different, as Sturman Industries’ model for city-building seems to be catching fire. Earlier this year the Business Journal profiled Sturman Industries’ invitation for like-minded companies to relocate to Sturman’s 400-acre campus in the mountains around Woodland Park. The industrial applications firm hired a team of developers,… Continue Reading Woodland Station to fill hotel, meeting space void

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City seeks Planning Commission applicants

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The City of Colorado Springs is accepting applications to fill two at-large vacancies on the City Planning Commission. The commission is a volunteer-based nine-member body appointed by the City Council to review development applications and proposals. The commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center.… Continue Reading City seeks Planning Commission applicants

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Two years after Operation 6035 was launched, a key group is being formed to implement its recommendations. Other than that, there’s little hard evidence of any progress since the initial economic development strategy was published. Phil Lane was appointed to head the operation in February 2010, and he acknowledged the program hasn’t unfolded as swiftly… Continue Reading 2 years after launch, 6035 creeping at a glacial pace

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A program that has helped almost 1,000 struggling Colorado Springs homeowners renegotiate their mortgages is under threat in Congress this week, but local housing advocates say it is too important to eliminate. The initiative, the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, has been dogged by administrative and legal problems since its inception two years ago,… Continue Reading Advocates fight to keep Home Affordable Modification Program

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As El Paso County faces a multimillion dollar shortfall from reduced property taxes next year, officials are realizing, once again, how far the business personal property tax could go in easing their financial woes. El Paso County is the only county in the state that does not levy a business personal property tax, a tax… Continue Reading Business personal property tax eyed as budget shortfall mounts

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Homeowners opt to remodel rather than buy

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The last thing the Colorado Springs residential real estate market needs is more competition, but that’s what it’s getting. Local real estate professionals are already battling a hot rental market, slack demand and a drain of workers willing to commute from as far as Pueblo in exchange for more affordable housing. Now a growing number… Continue Reading Homeowners opt to remodel rather than buy

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to reject a partnership between the county and developer for the proposed Copper Ridge shopping center. Under the agreement, a portion of sales tax revenue from the shopping center would pay for an extension of Powers Boulevard. The road extension is crucial to plans to… Continue Reading Copper Ridge plan in jeopardy after road plan voted down

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More than 400 community and business leaders attended last night’s mayoral forum to hear candidates’ views about topics that ranged from Colorado Springs’ image to economic development. Continue Reading Mayoral candidates sound off about city image, taxes, diversity (with video)

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The apartment market in El Paso County is at a tipping point with the momentum quickly swinging in favor of landlords. Apartment vacancies are down and rents are up, while troop withdrawals and the likely landing of an aviation brigade at Fort Carson will contribute to a scarcity of affordable housing in the area. But… Continue Reading Looking outside the box for tools to spur construction

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Christina McGrath has a degree in architecture, was an El Pomar Foundation fellow, sits on the board of the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, and took over in January as executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region — and she’s only 25 years old. We spoke with McGrath at her COPPeR… Continue Reading New COPPeR director: Springs is ‘a real hidden gem’

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