Approved by the Colorado Springs City Council on January 24, 2004. The City Auditorium Block Urban Renewal Area is located in the eastern portion of Downtown Colorado Springs. The site is generally bounded on the north by East Kiowa Street, on the west by North Nevada Avenue, on the south by East Pikes Peak Avenue, and on the east by West Weber Street. The purpose of the City Auditorium Block Urban Renewal Plan is to reduce, eliminate and prevent the spread of blight within the Urban Renewal Area and to stimulate growth and reinvestment within the district boundaries, on surrounding blocks and throughout downtown. Specifically, the Plan promotes an environment which allows for a range of uses and product types which can respond to market conditions over time; further the goals and objectives of the Colorado Springs Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Action Plan and any other relevant policy document; and, leverage the community’s investment in public improvement projects in the area.
The cornerstone of the stakeholder’s vision for revitalization of the area is creation of high quality mixed-use developments which vertically integrate a range of residential and non-residential uses at urban densities and supported by strategic public improvements to facilities, parking, and infrastructure improvements within and adjacent to the Plan boundaries. A combination of uses is proposed all of which will further promote redevelopment of the area as a mixed-use urban enclave in downtown, balancing investment occurring in Southwest and connecting neighborhoods to the east.
Development and Design Objectives
The development objectives for the Urban Renewal Area include establishment of a variety of uses at urban densities that will allow projects to respond to changing market conditions. Proposed land uses within the Urban Renewal Area include commercial, office, residential, hotel, health club (athletic), public, and parking. Other objectives include:
- Eliminate and prevent blight
- Improve relationship between this area and surrounding uses
- Increase property values
- Provide uses supportive of and complementary to planned improvements
- Provide ease of vehicular and pedestrian circulation
- Encourage continued presence of businesses consistent with the Plan vision
- Provide a range of financing mechanisms for private property re-investment and investment
- Mitigate impacts to businesses for future transportation improvements
- Encourage public-private partnerships to implement the plan
- Adjust parking ratios to reflect urban setting
- Encourage shared parking among projects in area