URA Period: 2011 - 2036
Bristol Brewing Company
1647 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Location: The boundaries of the Area include approximately 5.13 acres of land generally defined to include 7 legal parcels plus public rights-of-way. Geographically, it is situated in the Ivywild neighborhood (including the vacant Ivywild School), near the vicinity of Interstate 25 (I-25) and Tejon St, southwest of I-25 and north of Cheyenne Blvd, along a tributary of Fountain Creek, in south central Colorado Springs.
Plan Goals: The area has long been designated as a Neighborhood Strategy Area by the City of Colorado Springs. Originally an elementary school built in 1916, Ivywild School was closed in 2009 by School District #11 and put up for sale. The redevelopment of the school site was inspired by the idea of strengthening the neighborhood’s identity by restoring its historic centerpiece, the key element in the implementation of the Urban Renewal Plan.
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Current Status: The old Ivywild Elementary School has been renovated and has become a multi-use facility, housing several local businesses: Bristol Brewery, a commercial bakery, espresso/cocktail bar, delicatessen and a private event and performance space are just some of the experiences that the school has to offer.
Streetscape improvements on Navajo Street connecting the school site to Tejon Street were constructed by the City through the Community Development Block Grant Program. Additional retail, residential and office uses are being encouraged along Tejon Street through tax increment financing in subsequent phases.
The vision for the urban renewal area is to expand the mixed-use concept that will be initiated on the school into the surrounding area. Streetscape improvements on Navajo Street connecting the school to Tejon Street will be implemented by the City through the Community Development block Grant Program. The City also has plans to revamp the intersection of Cheyenne Blvd. and Tejon S. to improve traffic circulation as well as pedestrian safety. Additional retail, residential and office uses will be encouraged along Tejon Street through tax increment financing.
Specific objectives include the following: