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Project Overview

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Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan Measures

Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets study report FINAL.

The maps and appendices that support the final study report can be found  HERE.

Adoption Process Completed

In August, 2011, this Plan was adopted as a land use master plan element of the City's Comprehensive Plan. For continued information on this project, as it moves through the implementation process, please continue to look for updates on the web site and/or contact Carl Schueler, City Project manager at 719-385-5391, cschueler@springov.com.

Reent Activities and Next Steps

City staff and partners continue to work on implementation of the vision and priorities of this Plan.  First phase projects are being incorporated into proposed funding plans.  Over $30 million has been designated for this corridor in the fiscally constrained Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) regional Long Range Transportation Plan which was adopted in early 2012.  An additional $20 million in capital projects within the corridor are also included in a list of City projects that are part of the reauthorization of the capital portion of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) sales tax.   To encourage this private development and also to recommend ways to best integrate projects with the Plan's long term vision, staff continues to work with developers and property owners on individual projects in the corridor.  Within the past two years, several projects have moved forward through the planning and/or construction phases.  These include the late 2011 opening of the Lowe's store at Citadel Crossing, two WalMart community markets, and new Sonic restaurant and a Taco Bell near Hancock Expressway and Academy, along with a variety of building and facade improvements. Lessons learned and insights from the Academy Boulevard process are being applied to wider analysis of infill and core area redevelopment issues throughout the City.

Academy Boulevard/ Hancock Expressway PEL 

Funding has been set aside for a major collaborative redesign process for the intersection at Hancock Expressway and Academy.  A consultant should be on board to undertake this Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study by early 2014.  The expectations for this study include an agreed-upon design for a modern new intersection, a determination as to whether the overhead electric transmission lines can be buried, and plans sufficient to allow a future design-build process when funds are secured for this project.  Immediately impacted property owners will be substantially involved.

Mayor’s Solutions Team

In the spring of 2013, Mayor Steve Bach announced formation of a Solutions Team to focus on strategies to revitalize his Economic Opportunity Zones (EOZs).  One of these is the Academy Boulevard Corridor.  This Team has initiated its work, with the expectation of further implementable recommendations being made prior to year end.

Many of the transit planning and funding decisions concerning the corridor are on hold for the short term pending conclusions of the Mayor's Transit Solutions Team and related efforts.

Measurement and Progress Reports

A 2012 comprehensive measurement and progress report was provided to City Council in June 2013. A copy of this report can be viewed here.


 
Your Ideas Make a Difference

Help Transform Academy Boulevard Corridor to a Great Street

 

Share your vision for revitalizing the Academy Boulevard Corridor (Maizeland Road on the north and Drennan Road on the south) to a Great Street. Over 60,000 of the city's population lives or works along this six-mile stretch of Academy Boulevard. Citizens and business interests along the corridor are encouraged to participate in the community discussion involving existing corridor characteristics, a model for future land use alternatives, transportation/transit options and plans to support revitalization of the corridor and adjacent areas.

 

Academy Blvd. Study Area (CLICK image to ZOOM.)
Academy Blvd. Study Area (CLICK image to ZOOM.)
We Need your Input

  • Send your comments/questions by email to:  info@AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com
  • Call (719) 385-5391 to provide your input/ask a question
  • Visit the project web page at www.AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com for regular updates
  • Attend meetings and share your ideas.  Several technical working group meetings will be scheduled over the coming months for topic specific discussions.  Send your email address to info@AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com and request to be added to the database to be kept informed by email of when these meetings will take place.  

Get Involved

  • Actively participate by providing your ideas, suggestions, and potential assets and opportunities for the corridor
  • Represent your community/neighborhood
  • Spread the word about the study and get others involved through the website