A combination of uses are proposed including a range of housing products, village commercial, region-serving commercial, employment, transit improvements and infrastructure, all which will further promote redevelopment of the area as a gateway to the City from the west.
Approved by the Colorado Springs City Council on May 25th, 2004. The Gold Hill Mesa Urban Renewal Area is located in the western area of the City of Colorado Springs. The site is generally bounded on the north by U.S. Highway 24 and Fountain Creek, on the west by South 21st Street, on the south by Lower Gold Camp Road (and on the east by the A-1 Village Mobile Home Park and wooded area to its south. The Villa de Mesa Townhome community located in the center of the Area has been excluded.
The Area includes the site of a former gold processing facility known as the Golden Cycle Mill. The mill operated from 1906 to 1949 processed approximately fifteen million tons of ore from Cripple Creek and Victor area gold mines. Today, the current property owner is actively cleaning the site of environmental contaminants under the State of Colorado VCUP program.
The cornerstone of the developer’s and community’s vision for revitalization of the area is creation of a high quality mixed-use traditional neighborhood development. A combination of uses are proposed including a range of housing products, village commercial, region-serving commercial, employment, transit improvements and infrastructure, all which will further promote redevelopment of the area as a gateway to the City from the west. Multiple pocket parks connect uses, as well as pathways and other open space elements, all regulated by neo-traditional neighborhood principles and design standards.
Development and Design Objectives
The development objectives for the Urban Renewal Area include development of a variety of land uses and densities that will distinguish one area from another. Proposed land uses within the Urban Renewal Area include residential, neighborhood commercial, regional retail, office, parking facilities, and open space. Other objectives include:
- eliminate and prevent blight;
- promote a standard for urban-scale neighborhoods and infill development;
- promote region-serving commercial development;
- improve the relationship between this area and the balance of the western portion of the community;
- provide an attractive entry to the City;
- deliver superior infrastructure (telecommunications and recreation);
- provide a mix of land uses supportive of, and complementary to, planned improvements in the Urban Renewal Area;
- generate a mix of uses that helps ensure vitality within the project and surrounding area;
- provide densities and intensities of land uses appropriate to a mixed-use master planned community;
- provide ease of pedestrian circulation;
- design safe, convenient pedestrian linkages between the Area and nearby recreational and commercial centers;
- provide well-designed parking sufficient to meet the needs generated by development projects in the Area;
- provide improvements that link residential areas to the subject area;
- encourage the continued presence of businesses adjacent to the Area that are consistent with the vision; and
- encourage the development of affordable housing equivalent to a minimum of 20% of all housing units in the Urban Renewal Area.