C4C and a ped conn to ATB Park have potential to turn Vermijo into new and vital commercial district (like Tejon St) if the little incremental plans are fostered by a public policy that embraces New Urbanism. Same old same old street & parking design could ruin this opportunity. The museum & stadium are big boxes. Mitigating this w/ street frontage for people & commerce is part of the big plan that can allow subsequent small plans to succeed.
The area (LODO?) is an under-developed part of our City. Fixing it up would provide jobs and profit local business. Currently it's the unattractive (& non revenue producing) front door for which we are judged negatively. I applaud "Curious" for discussing the merits of a potential project instead of the political objections that characterize this thread. What CAN we do? LODO is fraught w/ OPPORTUNITY.
Focusing on design and not politics - the problem of parking MUST be solved creatively. Large surface parking lots could destroy a DT pedestrian friendly environment essential for a vibrant retail/restaurant/shop district. This is a problem w/ C4C or any big box (Google Earth a Trader Joes). Good urban design can solve w/ structured parking and complete street design strategies. Big boxes typically don't think this way.
Some public money and the cooperation of CSU will be neccessary. Developer participation seems a reasonable expectation and requirement. If we can't use public money and we distrust the fact that a developer might profit then where does that leave us?
We have a brown field now (polluted ground) - w/ under-utilized buildings - a disconnected park - lots of problems. BUT, problems are opportunities! This area is crying out to be Colorado Springs new LODO. C4C would be a vehicle to capitalize on these opportunities.
The sky sox stadium idea represents the kind of vision we do not have but desperately need. The "obscure real estate" mentioned by one commenter is Colorado Springs LODO waiting and wanting to happen as soon as we develop some community courage and vision. Were there conservative naysayers 20 years ago in Denver talking about the ridiculous idea of developing DT Denver's run-down north end? Did an enlightened City do the right thing there? Did development of Denver's LODO create jobs and a vibrant city? Were there challenges to overcome that were worth overcoming? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
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