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Luke Travins doesn’t much like the proposed public improvement fee that Mayor Lionel Rivera has been peddling to downtown establishments during the last several weeks.

The voluntary 1 percent fee, which bars and restaurants would collect from patrons to help finance the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new headquarters building, has serious structural problems, said Travins, who is part-owner and regional manager of Concept Restaurants, which owns Jose Muldoon’s, MacKenzie’s Chophouse and The Ritz Grill in downtown.

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Walking from the Business Journal’s office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we’ve come to understand the term. Written during 1961, the book is a devastating critique… Continue Reading Zoning plan looking back to ensure the future of downtown

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Downtown Colorado Inc. is accepting nominations for the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence. The annual program recognizes the progress being made in revitalizing Colorado’s historic downtowns and neighborhood business districts, and the contributions the districts make to the state’s quality of life and economy. The award categories include: Best Building Rehabilitation Best Historic Restoration… Continue Reading Nominations for Gov.’s Downtown Excellence award sought

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As cash-strapped and budget-conscious consumers restrict spending to essentials, one high-end Tejon Street retailer has figured out a way to help ease the pain of a year-long recession. When LuLu owner Tess Loo began noticing slipping sales last fall, she borrowed an idea from her sister, Ann Siner. Siner owns several consignment stores in Arizona… Continue Reading Consignments helping LuLu ride out recession

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Chase bank is moving its downtown headquarters from the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street four blocks north to its branch at Boulder and Tejon streets. The move will also mean a $4 million facelift for the Boulder branch. Chase market president John Kitchen said a need for more parking space and drive-thru… Continue Reading Chase leaving ‘banking’ intersection for greener parking pastures in north downtown

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The Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and the city are floating the idea of extending downtown parking meter fee hours to include weekday and weekend nights to raise money to save the free downtown shuttle. While no plan is certain yet, the idea was born of the downtown partnership’s desire to continue service of the… Continue Reading Downtown parking meter fees at night?

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The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will receive a $120,000 grant from the Phil Long Community Fund and Denver Broncos Charities to help build its destination skate park in Memorial Park. The new facility, which will be just north of the Sertich Ice Center, will be designed to accommodate inline skaters,… Continue Reading City receiving $120,000 for destination skate park

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TIF, challenge grants for downtown development

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Two different funding mechanisms are now available through the Downtown Development Authority for those interested in downtown development projects. The programs, tax increment financing through reimbursement contracts and challenge grants, require an application and review process. The deadline for challenge grant applications is April 30. Applications for TIF are ongoing. Application forms are available on… Continue Reading TIF, challenge grants for downtown development

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In an effort to cut costs, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is moving from its offices at 2 N. Cascade Ave. into the Exchange National Bank building at 6 S. Tejon St., suite 700. The new location, where U.S. Bank is located, has lower rent, said Joan Saunders, chamber chief operating officer. “Our… Continue Reading Chamber moving to Exchange National Bank building

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My column in last Friday’s CSBJ seems to have caused some healthy discourse. The CEO of some company that I have never met at the dozens of community functions I attend every month says I should get involved in the community. You think? While the emails are coming in spouting all the good things the… Continue Reading Young Professional Whiners column causes a stir

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