On Wednesday, October 10th, Mayor Bach addressed the 15th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast presented by the Downtown Partnership. This sold out event took place at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange Hotel. During his 15 minute speech, the Mayor discussed many topics related to Downtown Colorado Springs.
He started by highlight the magnificent job done, by all parties involved, in bringing the Mining Exchange Hotel to life. The City worked diligently with hotel ownership to resolve code and utility issues that were attached to the century old building. The Mayor also highlighted some of the great events that have taken place Downtown in the last year including: the Olympics Watch Party, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Arts Walks co-hosted by the Mayor, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
Downtown (along with the UCCS region and Southeast Colorado Springs) are priorities for economic development. In order to help facilitate this, the Mayor unveiled some plans for the future of Downtown. First on the list was improving public safety with the addition of police officers, security cameras, and better lighting. Affordable housing and more thoughtful infilling was covered, along with the desire to attract multiple anchor sites including new museums and entertainment and shopping venues. The Mayor also touched on plans to add parking meters that accept credit cards and continuing to work with all involved parties towards rebuilding the I-25 and Cimarron interchange. He also committed the City to doing a better job of addressing homelessness and informed the crowd that a comprehensive new initiative would be presented soon.
Community service improvements (such as the resumption of evening bus service, the return of 3,500 darkened streetlights, and the continued maintenance of 275 acres of neighborhood parks) from the recent 2013 Budget Proposal were also presented.
The Mayor emphasized the importance of continuing to work with all stakeholders involved and closed by saying, “City Government will always stay committed to Downtown, it is the heart and soul of our community.”