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Southwest Downtown

Specifically, the purpose of the Plan is to create an urban neighborhood which leverages the community’s investment in America the Beautiful Park and creates linkages to the downtown core and which is in accordance with the Downtown Action Plan and the Imagine Downtown Plan.

Approved by the Colorado Springs City Council on August 14, 2001. The Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal Area is located southwest of the central business core in downtown Colorado Springs. The area is generally bounded by Interstate 25 on the west and Bijou Street on the north to the Union Pacific railroad lines. The rail lines then form the eastern boundary from Bijou Street to Colorado Avenue. Colorado Avenue then serves as a northern boundary from the rail lines east to Cascade. South of Colorado Avenue, Cascade forms the eastern boundary to Cimarron which serves as the southern boundary of the Urban Renewal Area. Approximately 100 acres are included within the Urban Renewal Area. The general purpose of this Urban Renewal Plan is to reduce, eliminate and prevent the spread of qualifying conditions within the Urban Renewal Area and to stimulate the growth and development of the Southwest Downtown Area. In particular, the Urban Renewal Plan is intended to promote local objectives with respect to appropriate land uses, improved traffic, public transportation, public utilities, and other public improvements. Specifically, the purpose of the Plan is to create an urban neighborhood which leverages the community’s investment in America the Beautiful Park and creates linkages to the downtown core and which is in accordance with the Downtown Action Plan and the Imagine Downtown Plan.

Development and Design Objectives

The proposed development character for the Urban Renewal Area includes a variety of existing land uses and densities that will distinguish one area from another. Proposed land uses within the Plan include office, commercial, specialty retail, entertainment, hotel, performing arts, parks, a variety of residential uses, parking facilities, and lodging. Uses that are present in the URA today which fall within one of these categories, and which are in compliance with existing City codes including zoning, are considered compatible with uses in the Plan. Redevelopment of the URA will provide for and promote a greater range and mix of land uses. In order to better support the economic success of the URA as an urban neighborhood, the Plan promotes the integration of uses, enhanced linkages into and out of the URA, improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation patterns, parking support, and a level of intensity beyond that which exists today. Following are specific development objectives embodied in the Plan.Eliminate and prevent blight

  • Promote the downtown’s 24 hour / 7-day live/work/play environment
  • Eliminate blight and prevent environmental deficiencies
  • Improve the relationship between this area and downtown core
  • Improve property values
  • Provide an attractive entry to downtown
  • Provide a mix of land uses supportive of and complimentary to planned improvements in the Urban Renewal Area, as well as existing downtown core
  • Provide densities and intensities of land uses appropriate to an urban neighborhood
  • Create urban housing opportunities currently lacking in the market
  • Provide ease of vehicular and pedestrian circulation
  • Provide well-designed parking sufficient to meet the needs generated by the projects
  • Provide improvements which link America the Beautiful Park to the downtown core
  • Encourage the continued presence of businesses within the URA that are consistent with a traditional urban neighborhood
  • Encourage development of affordable housing equivalent to a minimum of 10% of all housing units in the URA (Note: Affordability is assumed to address the housing needs of purchasers at or below 80% of the URA median household income)
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Nor'Wood Development

Mr. Chris Jenkins

111 S. Tejon Street, Suite 222

Colorado Springs CO 80903

719 593-2600

chrisjenkins@nor-wood.com

www.Norwoodinteractive.com

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