COLORADO SPRINGS – “This shopping center is going to be a game changer,” said Developer Danny Mientka, “It’s a big deal for the city.” He is answering questions before Colorado Springs City Council about the next phase of redevelopment happening in the South Nevada area of Colorado Springs.
While permitting presses forward some work is also starting. There are ten acres between South Nevada Avenue and Cheyenne Creek where old buildings will come down and new retail space will replace it. “It’s 29 parcels of real property that are contiguous and there’s multiple, multiple folks that surround this development area that we’ve had to address and respond to,” said Mientka.
The project is happening mostly on private property, but Urban Planning Managers are involved with some input. They work to make sure project like this fit with city urban renewal master plans. They also work on things like traffic impact. This project is also happening right next to Cheyenne Creek which is city property. “So we’re looking at developing public trails along the creek and that the project will take advantage of the creek as an amenity,” said Colorado Springs, Urban Planning Manager, Ryan Tefertiller.
The developer asked Colorado Springs City council to approve some zoning and right-of-way changes. Council voted in favor. There is some demolition happening at properties already acquired. Major work will likely start spring of summer of 2019.