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Staying focused on two zones

Listen to leaders talk about the keys to revitalizing Colorado Springs, and you’ll hear several recurring responses. Mayor Steve Bach talked about three specific “drivers” this week at his monthly briefing. One is the airport’s commercial zone, being cultivated to appeal to possible manufacturing companies. Next is the future evolution surrounding University of Colorado Health… Continue Reading Staying focused on two zones

Developers divided on Academy

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Editor’s note: The southeastern portion of Colorado Springs has had its challenges economically. The Academy corridor project highlights different ways the city of Colorado Springs can help. But just how and how much should the city be involved? This concludes a two-part series looking at the Academy corridor and government incentives for business. Government should… Continue Reading Developers divided on Academy

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Academy Boulevard: Can city help it recover?

Dotted with urban blight as well as lively street corners, the once-thriving Academy Boulevard corridor attracts nearly as many opinions as the storefronts it has. The government should not be involved at all in attracting business to the area, say some elected officials, while others say the city should — and does — offer incentives.… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard: Can city help it recover?

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In southeast Colorado Springs, the use of many buildings has changed in recent years. “Repurposing” is the descriptive term identified by Carl Schueler, senior planner for the city. What used to be a big-box store on the corner of Hancock Expressway and South Academy Boulevard is now the home of Victory World Outreach chapel. A… Continue Reading Academy experiences ‘repurposing’ of buildings

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Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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By Dave Munger and Stephannie Finley As major stakeholders in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project, we disagree with the Business Journal’s Feb. 4 opinion article Academy Boulevard Plans Need to be Reworked; particularly with its premise that this corridor should not be made a focus of community re-investment over the next decades. The… Continue Reading Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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It all sounds so good, so promising, so bright. But there are two big problems with the south Academy Boulevard redevelopment plans that were released last week: They’re unrealistic and misguided. While there’s little argument that the 6-mile retail district along Academy Boulevard between Drennan and Maizeland roads is not what it used to be… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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Academy Boulevard got a welcome boost in the 1980s when the Mission Trace Shopping Center opened. For the first 15 years or so, the 289,000-square-foot retail center, featuring the area’s first bank, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dos Hombres Restaurant and busy King Soopers, attracted thousands of shoppers daily. It soon became the place to shop in… Continue Reading Renovation gives second life to Mission Trace Center

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Boulevard of oblivion

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Academy Boulevard awaits redevelopment effort About one year ago, city planners presented the “Academy Boulevard Corridor Revitalization Plan Update” to city council. First conceived during 2007, the report focuses on opportunities characterizing abandoned shopping centers and weed-strewn vacant lots as “redevelopment opportunities.” The plan defined the corridor as that portion of Academy and surrounding neighborhoods… Continue Reading Boulevard of oblivion

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As roads go, Academy Boulevard is a newcomer. As recently as the early 1960s, there was no Academy Boulevard — just a dirt road running through the unpopulated prairie east of the city limits. Growth changed all that, and brought with it the unplanned, unanticipated and eminently unworkable suburban model that would characterize many Sunbelt… Continue Reading It’s not too late to save Academy Boulevard from a slow, linear death

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