Urban Renewal Project underway on South Nevada Avenue

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fences are up and demolition is set.

“It is way long overdue. We’ve been here 30 years, 30 plus years and we thought it would happen then,” said Carolyn Rogers, owner and broker of All Seasons LLC.

The Urban Renewal Project on South Nevada Avenue was originally planned for 2008 until the recession hit.

Now, nearly a decade later, those plans are underway.

“To see everything cleaned up, to get the homeless people outta here. We’ve had a lot of transients living, they come through our parking lot and they sleep in the backyards and they just leave their trash everywhere,” said Denise Rogers, showing specialist for All Seasons LLC.

This is a fairly large project, running from Southgate Road to Motor Way, and east and west from Nevada Avenue to Tejon Street.

“For every building that comes down and every fence that goes up, it’s just all the more exciting,” Rogers said.

While some vacant buildings will be torn down, other businesses will stay standing.

“A lot of people ask us, ‘Are you going? Are you going?’ And as far as we know, we’re staying,” said Shannon Bethel, pharmacist and co-owner of Ivy Wild Pharmacy.

The Ivy Wild Pharmacy has been around for years, and the only thing that will change is an update.

“It’ll bring property values up once they have all these you know, nice restaurants and places to go. This is gonna be the gateway into The Broadmoor so you know, that’s where people are gonna wanna come and stay. And that’s the part of Colorado Springs that you want them to see, you don’t want them to come through the bad parts,” Rogers said.

Local businesses owners say it’s a much-needed makeover.

“They look at this going either way,” Bethel said.

The city says the project is divided into three phases.

Right now Phase One is underway with fences along South Nevada.

The Second Phase is centered around the creek between South Nevada and Tejon, where demolition and renovations have already started.

The Third Phase will focus on the retail development on South Nevada.

Demolition on South Nevada is set to begin in two weeks.

The city hopes to have the whole revitalization project complete in the next 6 to 7 years.

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