Southwest Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization
The revitalization of the Southwest Downtown Neighborhood represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an 82-acre underutilized corner of the city center of Downtown Colorado Springs into an extraordinary new urban neighborhood artfully connecting urbanity and outdoor experiences. It is a place that creates a vibrant mix of residences, businesses, parks and learning experiences while building a bridge, figuratively and literally, between Downtown Colorado Springs and its abundant natural assets – offering the Promise of Colorado to longtime residents, recent arrivals and visitors.
The neighborhood’s Phase 1 horizontal infrastructure improvements include the site infrastructure associated with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, an iconic Pedestrian Bridge, and the reconstruction of six blocks of Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street. Together, these improvements create seamless, beautiful and functional connections between the neighborhood, America the Beautiful Park, a robust urban trail network and the re-emerging downtown; which is being energized by dramatic regional growth. Improvements to the public realm have been conceived by an experienced creative team of designers and engineers; led by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Diller Scofidio & Renfro (DSR), Gensler, ARUP and AECOM, and have been realized through a functional and dynamic Public Private Partnership with the State of Colorado, City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Private and Non-Profit Partners. And it takes the ethos of the Olympic Movement through the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum (USOPM) and extends to the beginnings of an entire mixed-use neighborhood inspired by sport, the outdoors, and healthy living – all while championing human potential.