URA Period: 2004 - 2029
Location: The North Nevada Corridor Urban Renewal Area is located in central Colorado Springs in the northern segment of the North Nevada Avenue Corridor. The area is bounded by Monument Creek to the west and the I-25 – North Nevada Avenue interchange, including several commercial parcels located along the interstate frontage road, to the north. The Study Area’s eastern border is quite irregular, but generally includes a significant portion of the UCCS campus located along North Nevada Avenue as well as all properties contiguous to the corridor (to the east) and once removed. The intersection of Garden of the Gods and North Nevada Avenue, including properties in the southeast and southwest quadrants then form the southern boundary. The western boundary is generally formed by the Monument Creek.
Plan Goals: The proposed development character for the Urban Renewal Area includes a variety of land uses and densities that will distinguish one area from another yet create an identity for the whole. Proposed land uses within the Plan include mixed-use, multi-family residential, community retail and lifestyle centers (including local and national retailers); business campus commercial; and, civic, cultural, arts and recreational facilities, together with select transportation and gateway improvements. Redevelopment of the Urban Renewal Area will provide for and promote a greater range and mix of land uses. In order to better support the economic success of the Urban Renewal Area, the Plan promotes the integration of uses, enhanced linkages into and out of the Urban Renewal Area, improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation patterns, parking support, and a level of density beyond that which existed prior to the adoption of the urban renewal plan.
Current Status: University Village Colorado began construction in 2008. 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. Several new tenants have been added in 2012 including Bonefish Grill, Which Wich, Max Muscle, Comcast and Il Vicino (September). Additionally, Hacienda Colorado Mexican Restaurant is currently under construction. The developer continues to pursue additional tenants.
North Nevada Corridor Master Plan: CSURA, UCCS and University Village Colorado are currently in the process of updating the corridor master plan. The plan will include all of the current and planned uses that have completed the City’s development review process as well as the new UCCS Master Plan. The design standards for potential uses will be refined in more detail than in the original plan to include: block sizes, road access, building placement, amenities, materials, lighting and landscaping. The plan will be submitted to CSURA, Planning Commission and City Council for approval in early 2013.
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 the plan. The plan has been completed and was presented to the Urban Renewal Board in June. The plan is currently awaiting approval by the CU Board of Regents.
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 bus and pedestrian spine. The new facilities will connect to University Village through the pedestrian underpass that was constructed as part of phase 1. Additionally, UCCS has started construction of the first building that will be the beginning of a branch medical campus across from the south entrance to University Village.
Transmission Lines: The placement of the transmission lines underground was completed during July 2012 utilizing matching funds from Colorado Springs Utilities. The transmission towers have been removed which allows more land area for development of the north campus and create a more pleasing entrance to the campus.
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.