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Neighbors for Responsible Growth

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The Near North End Neighborhood Association (NNE) needs your help! We are retaining the Denver law firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC to represent the neighbors, businesses, and citizens that are directly impacted by CC’s proposed Robson Arena.

The arena was originally proposed as an 800-seat practice arena with an adjacent parking structure on the premises (CC 2008 Long Range Development Plan). The arena is NOW proposed to be more than 4x larger, seating approx. 3,620 with NO supporting parking structure on the premises and an adjacent Natatorium (possible seating ranging from 500-2,000).  The arena size, number of CC and C4C events, and related infrastructure demands including parking are detrimental to the surrounding neighborhoods (Near North End, Mid Shooks Run, and the Old North End).

We selected a Denver law firm because they have no conflict of interest with the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado College. This law firm specializes in land use and zoning law.  The NNE has been counseled by political and legal professionals to retain a lawyer to get the best possible outcome for the surrounding neighborhoods due to the vaguely written 2009 Form Based Code which was created to encourage commercial building in the downtown area.  We need to urgently proceed because CC is planning on submitting paperwork to the planning department in March/April. We typically have 10 days to respond. The sooner we start the better!

The City Council will ultimately decide on the following:

1)     Approve a Conditional Use Development plan because the block is NOT zoned for an Arena. The City Council will have to consider if it negatively impacts the neighborhood.  A legal argument will have to be made for this. 

2)     The code requires a minuscule 200 off street parking spaces.  CC in its most recent drawings is only showing 100 off street parking spaces.

3)     Approve Alley Vacation – the proposed arena will be built on top of an alley that is currently platted for use as public right-of-way.

4)     Approve Amendment to the CC Long Range Development Plan which was last approved in 2008.  This plan originally had an 800-seat practice arena and an adjacent parking structure on this block.

5)     Approve the Final Plat.

The NNE has found through personal experience that neighborhood input is mostly ignored by the planning department as was witnessed with the Weber/Dale street parking lot where CC is now building a 45+ car parking lot on a Residential Zoned Lot next to multiple private residences. This was administratively passed by Ryan Tefertiller  meaning no governing body needed to approve it, just a city planner.  The same city planner is reviewing the Robson Arena and he also wrote the City’s Form Based Code zoning.
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