On the eastern edge of Colorado Springs is an exploding community named for and filled with the personality of the massive ranch it replaced: Banning Lewis. The community’s logo: a Western BL and spurs branded on weathered lumber.
Although annexed into the city in 1988 along with Colorado Centre, the 24,310-acre master-planned community didn’t begin developing until 2007. Marketed as the top-selling master-planned community in El Paso County, it is attracting people who like the vast panoramic views of the Front Range and the proximity to shopping and the city, as well as easy commutes, especially to military sites. It’s all about life on the fringes of the city without giving up all the city services: police, fire protection and city utilities. Schools are in Falcon District 49.
Numerous amenities in place in the development called the Frontier at BLR include a $2.75 million aquatics center, the Ranch House Community Center and plans for a 28-acre community park as the area grows.
The YMCA will operate amenities in the BLR villages.
A huge part of the former ranch — 18,000 acres — was purchased for fracking by an oil company. That plan went dry, and those acres have since been purchased by a major local real estate developer. There are more big things to come.