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Colorado Springs' southwest side is known for its variety of neighborhoods, parks and recreational opportunities.
Now, it's getting more retail.
City officials and a trio of real estate development groups have launched a makeover of portions of Nevada Avenue and Tejon Street south of downtown.
In late 2015, the Colorado Springs City Council declared about 100 acres along South Nevada and South Tejon, between Interstate 25 and East Cheyenne Road, as an urban renewal district.
The area is known for its 1950s-era hotels, pawn shops and cluttered look and feel.
One of the first projects now under construction, which will be easily accessible for southwest side residents: The Broadmoor Shoppes on South Nevada, southwest of Nevada and Navajo Street. It will include Natural Grocers, Chick-fil-A and fast-casual restaurants Zoes Kitchen and Mad Greens.
Several buildings - including the Chief Motel, Stardust Lodge and Gray's Tire & Auto - already have been razed to make way for the Broadmoor Shoppes.
Additional development paralleling South Tejon, west of Nevada, is expected to include a hotel, an 8,000 to 9,000-square-foot retail building and apartments and townhomes. Prime 25, an upscale restaurant, opened early this year in a remodeled building along South Tejon.
Those projects, along with future redevelopment efforts along the Nevada and Tejon corridors, follow the rehabilitation of the former Ivywild Elementary School into a mixed-use commercial center. Bristol Brewing, a bakery and deli are among businesses at the school.
Retail projects that already serve the southwest side include the Broadmoor Towne Center, the Southern Cross Shopping Center, Cheyenne Plaza and the Cheyenne Mountain Center.
The new retail, restaurant and commercial projects along South Nevada and South Tejon will be within a short drive of Ivywild, Skyway, Gold Hill Mesa and Broadmoor Bluffs, among other neighborhoods.