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Downtown stars recognized

Thursday, at the Breakfast with the Mayor event at the Antlers Hilton, The Downtown Partnership gave Downtown Star awards to two people and one club for having made commitments to a thriving downtown. Darsey Nicklasson, owner of DHN Planning and Development, received the Individual Downtown Star award. She and her partner Kathy Loo broke ground… Continue Reading Downtown stars recognized

Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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A crowd of more than 100 people stood together last Thursday afternoon on a dirt-covered lot beside South Nevada Avenue, celebrating both a moment and a dream finally beginning to come true. This was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Dot apartment complex, a 33-unit project at 412 S. Nevada, between Costilla and Cimarron streets. Partner… Continue Reading Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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Blue Dot starts a new trend

“Why are we going ahead?” asked Darsey Nicklasson. “Because Colorado Springs needs this.” In a letter explaining their decision to go ahead with their long-planned, 33-unit Blue Dot apartment development on South Nevada Avenue, Nicklasson and partner Kathy Loo made their point in a single sentence. “We will continue to be a very active part… Continue Reading Blue Dot starts a new trend

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Despite City Council’s refusal to waive park development fees for downtown development, Darsey Nicklasson and Kathy Loo have decided to move forward with their projected downtown apartment building, Blue Dot Place. They announced their intentions in an email sent to the City Council and Mayor on Wednesday. The 32-unit building will be located at 418… Continue Reading Apartment plans move forward

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Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

Colorado Springs City Council voted down a resolution Tuesday that would have waived fees for downtown residential development in an attempt to support urban infill projects. Councilors voted 5-4 to kill the proposed amendment to a 1973 ordinance pertaining to fees for the creation of new parks and schools throughout the city. The amendment —… Continue Reading Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

Who are the city’s 10 principal power brokers near the end of 2013? Let’s begin by elimination. Position counts, but not as much as you might think. It doesn’t much matter who runs the local office of Wells Fargo or any other national company. Such folks rotate in and out, rarely leaving a lasting legacy.… Continue Reading Let’s single out the top power brokers

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