Current Status: University Village Colorado began construction in 2008. It is currently 70% completed. The shopping center is anchored by Costco, Kohl’s and Lowes which occupy the western side of the site, along the Monument Creek trail. Smaller, in-line shops and restaurants characterize the east edge of the project, along N. Nevada Avenue. Due to a weaker than normal retail market during 2009 and 2010 completion has been delayed. The developer continues to pursue additional tenants. Several new restaurants and medium size retailers will be coming on line in 2012.
Four sculptures have been installed at the four corners of the intersection of Eagle Rock Road and Nevada Avenue (main entrance to University Village). The two artists that were selected by the jury were Chris Weed (Spores) and Bill Mueller (Tops 2).
2 sculptural pieces designed by UCCS students were installed in 2011 along the west side of N. Nevada Ave. Two more will be added in 2012. Sculpture by Chris Weed – UVC Main Entrance
UCCS Master Plan: Ayers Saint Gross was hired in 2011 to undertake the master planning of the north campus, area as well as provide an update to the current Facilities Strategic Plan for UCCS. The project team collected site information and solicited input from faculty, students, neighbors as well as City and surrounding businesses in formulating a concept plan. The work will be completed in 2012 along with the UCCS Strategic Plan and will guide the future development of programs and facilities on the University. A new sports arena, visual and performing arts center along with research and development and academic buildings will be located along N. Nevada Avenue and will be connected to the existing campus via a dedicated shuttle and pedestrian spine. The new facilities will connect to University Village through the pedestrian underpass that was constructed as part of phase 1.
Transmission Lines: The placement of the transmission lines underground was started during the summer 2011 utilizing matching funds from Colorado Springs Utilities. The transmission towers will be removed in 2012 allowing more room for development of the north campus and creating a more pleasing entrance to the campus.
N. Nevada Extension: The City completed the construction of the extension of N. Nevada Avenue between Vincent Drive and the existing N. Nevada Ave. The project connects to N. Nevada Ave. at a new signalized intersection across from the entrance to Fellowship Bible Church and extends north through UCCS, along the current frontage Road (west of Harley Davidson) and ties into Dublin Blvd.
Other: Plans are currently underway to develop a new apartment complex on the very north end of the urban renewal area. Construction is anticipated to start in 2012.