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Rich Laden

Business/News Business Reporter

An active construction site where there will be a 110-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel at the southeast corner of Bijou Street and Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs. Photographed on October 7, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Colorado Springs' housing market remains hot, and the 80922 zip code now ranks among the top 10 in the country. Gazette file photo.
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, photo, large spheres take shape in front of an existing Amazon building, behind, as new construction continues across the street in Seattle. Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. For years now, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks, with dozens of enormous cranes towering overhead as construction trucks rumble past pedestrians and bicyclists. And while Amazon is far from solely to blame for these issues, and many say the benefits clearly outweigh the drawbacks, life has been disrupted. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A demolition crew was taking down the old Cheyenne Motel on S. Nevada Ave. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. A 100-acre area on either side of South Nevada - between Interstate 25 and East Cheyenne Road - was declared an urban renewal site by the City Council last November. Developers have purchased several parcels, and plan to bring new restaurants, stores, apartments and the like to the area. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Sign crews prepare to mount a new sign at the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage store on South Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. The Lakewood-based chain is moving an existing store from a shopping center farther south on Nevada to a new 15,000-square-foot building at 1604 S. Nevada Ave. The new store opens Oct. 26. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
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Diane Heuser dines at the Blue Star. (Gazette file photo)
Cars in the long-term parking lot at the Colorado Springs Airport Wednesday, September 21, 2016 as a United Airlines flight bound for Houston takes off. The airport will offer long-term parking in November and December of this year for $1 a day. Travelers can get an online coupon and redeem it at the parking booths. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
A home for sale on East Platte Ave. Thursday, April 28, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Construction workers work on a new home in the Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood on Monday, July 3, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)