Friday, September 19, 2014

UPDATE: CS Public Market to occupy old Gazette building, board member says

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

A release from the Nor'wood Development Group confirms that the Public Market will occupy part of the hulking space left vacant by the Gazette at 30 S. Prospect St.

Nor'wood, which is led by David and Chris Jenkins, sees the market as "part of a larger vision to transform the former Gazette and St. Francis properties into a thriving, adaptively reused mixed-use development by Nor’wood Development Group and other community partners." That second property is the former site of St. Francis Hospital, which was shut down in 2010 and purchased by a Nor'Wood-owned company for just $50,000 earlier this year, according to the daily. (Apologies if you can't get through the paywall to see the story at that link.)

Anyway, here's the full release:

September 19, 2014

Nor’wood Development Group and the Colorado Springs Public Market Project are proud to announce a new partnership initiative to deliver the much-anticipated Public Market to the community and region.

Nor’wood continues to focus on transforming downtown by supporting opportunities to develop local business and improve the economic infrastructure of the City and region. We believe that a thriving downtown will elevate our community’s vitality and resilience, creating a new magnet for business, jobs, events, activities and more.

In partnership with the Colorado Springs Public Market, we are launching a community institution: a year-round market, gathering and event destination that connects local growers, producers and related businesses with residents and visitors. This new business ecosystem is an essential piece of urban infrastructure that builds intrinsic and long-term value for downtown and the entire community.

“Public Markets are at the heart of many of our nation’s healthiest and most economically robust cities. They are destinations in and of themselves, and embody the soul of a community,” said Chris Jenkins, President of Nor’wood Development Group. “All of the ingredients are present to create something extraordinary, including a great team, shared ideas, and the will to establish a meaningful public-private partnership positioned to building a true public institution for downtown and our community.”

The Colorado Springs Public Market will be located in a portion of the former Gazette Building, at 30 South Prospect Street on the east side of downtown Colorado Springs. As site-specific planning gets underway, Nor’wood is eager to support the tremendous momentum the Colorado Springs Public Market has achieved. This is a community asset and evolving public institution that will provide critical and necessary service to our community for generations to come.

“The Public Market is about commerce, connection, culture and community. Thanks to the commitment of many these past two years, we are taking this first important step to re-localize our economy and create a dynamic destination that will create jobs and retain income here,” said Dave Anderson, board chair for the Colorado Springs Public Market. “It all starts with food, and will grow out from there to offer ongoing utility and relevance to people across the community”

The Colorado Springs Public Market is a part of a larger vision to transform the former Gazette and St. Francis properties into a thriving, adaptively reused mixed-use development by Nor’wood Development Group and other community partners. We consider it a privilege to steward these venerable community assets to renewed life in the heart of the City, and continue to work diligently to bring additional local offerings to live, work, shop and play throughout downtown Colorado Springs. Additionally, we are excited about the public dialogue that this announcement will evoke and look forward to providing more information on plans for redevelopment in the near future.

For information regarding the Colorado Springs Public Market please contact Mr. Dave Anderson, board chair for the Colorado Springs Public Market at (719) 322-5945.

——— ORIGINAL POST, THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 5:40 P.M. ——-

According to a tweet from board member Andrew Hershberger, the Colorado Springs Public Market has finally found a home:

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Dave Anderson is the president of the public market board, which also counts Ranch Foods Direct head Mike Callicrate among its members. The group describes its vision this way on the CSPM website:
What if … we had a downtown public market in Colorado Springs, open all year, in a landmark indoor-outdoor facility, to serve the entire community with locally grown and produced food and related goods? And why not build in flexible space for arts, entertainment, education, wellness, even business incubation? The big concept: a focal point and gathering place defined and enriched by the community it serves … to express the best of what we do right here, while meeting genuine demand for local food commerce, connections and culture.
Assuming the building at issue is the large one at 30 S. Prospect St., that would mean the Public Market folks were successful in finding a site in or near downtown. (At one time, they had been looking at the Crissy Fowler Lumber building near America the Beautiful Park, which is now likely to host City for Champions development.)

Check back on the IndyBlog for more details in coming days.


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