Changes ahead for No Man’s Land?
Colorado Springs staff shows council preliminary public-upgrade estimates

       Colorado Springs City Council heard a “very preliminary estimate” from Colorado Springs Public Works Director Ron Mitchell of the costs to fix pedestrian and drainage problems in the so-called “No Man's Land” at an informal meeting last month.
       The overall amount, which would be shared with El Paso County, would come to nearly $2.6 million, he told council. The city portion of that would work out to nearly $1.8 million. The two entities share responsibility for the area - basically defined as Colorado Avenue between about 33rd Street and Manitou Springs city limits - with the city taking in most of the north side of the avenue and the county the south.
       Council took no action on the information. Mitchell recommended designing the work (estimated city expense: $208,000) in 2007, then in '08 starting a work effort that would continue “over some period of time.”
       The matter is likely to be revisited during 2007 budget discussions.
       Because the avenue there is the Highway 24 business route, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) would also need to be involved “to some extent,” said council member Larry Small, who had initially called for Public Works attention to the area during a Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) meeting in October. “It has to be a joint project,” he said.
       The timing is related to Manitou Springs' current efforts to establish an urban renewal agency to expedite public and private improvements along the avenue within Manitou city limits. Manitou's study also took in the avenue down to 33rd Street, and Mayor Marcy Morrison asked the city and county to piggyback on her town's efforts.
       The area is known for its numerous small, privately owned businesses (chiefly small motels) as well as drainage problems and lack of sidewalks and curb and gutter.

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