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Developers to bring on new lots in 2013

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New home construction heated up in 2012 and most in the industry expect that the building will continue into 2013. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department issued 2,022 single-family building permits in the first 10 months of the year. There were more single-family permits issued in El Paso County this year than in any other… Continue Reading Developers to bring on new lots in 2013

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On Jan. 7, City Council will hear a proposal that might please the nine members — especially those who will continue in office after April 15, when a newly elected Council will be sworn in. A group of community leaders and media heavyweights (apparently including both Independent publisher John Weiss and Gazette editorial page editor… Continue Reading City Council: Chance for a raise?

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There was a lot of energy behind trying to create a downtown renaissance in 2012 — and advocates say to expect that energy to continue building in 2013. “The single biggest thing is going to be hiring a new CEO for the Downtown Partnership,” said Hannah Parsons, interim executive director. “Whoever it is will make… Continue Reading Downtown looks for apartments, new Partnership CEO in 2013

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On the Horizon – December 29, 2012

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Jan. 9 Buzz with the B’s The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host Buzz with the B’s, a quarterly breakfast to give businesses an opportunity to discuss current issues, trends and provide a forum for a fresh flow of ideas. It will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Brewing Company, 1466… Continue Reading On the Horizon – December 29, 2012

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Kudos! – December 28, 2012

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Mayor honors volunteer with Spirit of the Springs Award Mayor Steve Bach presented the Spirit of the Springs Award to Dave Bullock. When the board members of the Festival of Lights found out that they would not have access to the North Pole Sleigh, Bullock, a staff member of U.S. Olympic Training Center, volunteered to… Continue Reading Kudos! – December 28, 2012

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Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses… Continue Reading Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Jeff Hulsmann has been in the restaurant business for more than two decades — and now he’s creating the perfect recipe to turn the sleepy town of Palmer Lake into a dining mecca. The ingredients are already there, a collection of independent restaurants with diverse menus: steak and burgers at O’Malley’s Pub; Italian cuisine at… Continue Reading Palmer Lake recipe could lead to a restaurant cluster

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Local politics might lead to a different future

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It was an eventful year in politics and government — nationally, regionally, and locally. In fact, 2012 may have been a watershed year, one in which the comfortable assumptions of the past were overturned and the future became cloudy and uncertain. Elections First came the party primary elections on June 26, notable locally on two… Continue Reading Local politics might lead to a different future

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Getting bills in the mail is never fun. But getting a collection notice you know isn’t yours is downright scary. I visited my parents’ house a few weeks ago and my mom pointed to an open envelope sitting on the counter addressed to me. “That’s a bad letter,” she said. Mail for me doesn’t usually… Continue Reading It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

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People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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Jeff Beauprez and Fred Wolfe have been named to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s board of directors. Beauprez is president and CEO of eVanics and Colorado Networks, Inc. Previously, he was European market manager for a Hewlett-Packard product line. Wolfe is a construction executive at GE Johnson Construction Company. Prior to that position,… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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