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Colorado Springs development project comes back to life

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Design plans for Victory Ridge (Westside Investment Partners) Design plans for Victory Ridge (Westside Investment Partners)

A project nearly a decade in the making has gotten the go ahead to break ground later this year, and it's getting a new name. 

The Colorado Crossing project was abandoned in 2008 when the original developer ran out of money. But now Westside Investment Partners has purchased the 153 acres. The shopping center and sports complex near Interquest and Voyager has been renamed Victory Ridge. 

"This is going to be unique offerings," said Otis Moore with Westside Investment Partners. "The retailers that don't have a presence in Colorado Springs and can provide some new restaurants, some new retail opportunity, some new home furnishing opportunities and create a place where people will want to stay for a good amount of time." 

Included in the area will be a 55-acre youth sports complex called Field of Dreams. 

Scott Hall Foundation executive director Craig Oches says based on current demand, there is a shortage of sports opportunities for the kids in the area, saying parents need to drive across town to be able to get to games and practice. 

"We're very excited to be... checking a lot of boxes for the community and bringing a lot of good to the community," Oches said. 

Field of Dreams will include eight ball diamonds and three full-size multi use fields. They each will include artificial turf and lights. 

The Scott Hall Foundation will be in charge of finding an operator for the sports complex that will be able to incorporate youth and adult sports leagues as well as summer tournaments. Oches says the tournaments will bring the biggest impact to the community. 

"You bring lots of kids in here," he said. "They play on your fields and they stay and eat at your restaurants, stay in your hotels and enjoy the beautiful Pikes Peak region." 

School District 20 has also partnered with the developer to add a district aquatic center to the site. D20 has set aside $7 million from its last bond issue for the project. 

Renovations to a movie theater already at the site is expected to begin in the next 30 to 60 days. Work on an office building will start in the next six months. The entire project is expected to be up and running in three to six years. 

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