March 4, 2015   
Welcome to the Hancock Expressway/Academy Boulevard Planning and Environmental Linkages Study e-newsletter. Future e-newsletters will be sent periodically with project updates, upcoming meeting schedules and other useful information about the PEL Study.
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City of Colorado Springs

Carl Schueler, 719/385-5391
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Todd Frisbie, 719/314-1800

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Per the PEL process, the City and the consultant team are working on developing an existing conditions report and the Purpose and Need Statement for the project. The team will also be developing alternatives for intersection improvements, access, pedestrian connectivity and overhead utility under-grounding. Information and findings from these efforts will be presented at the next stakeholder meeting, Thursday, March 5, 4 - 6 p.m. at Victory World Outreach Church.

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NO SNOW IN THE FORECAST: Hancock/Academy Transportation Planning Meeting on Schedule


Warmer weather, no snow in the forecast...A perfect afternoon to come out and join a few fellow citizens, elected officials, neighboring businesses, city staff and local agencies for this interactive workshop designed to determine the future of the area surrounding the Hancock Expressway / Academy Boulevard intersection. 

Please join us for the meeting that was previously to have been held last week, but rescheduled due to weather, now taking place from 4 - 6 p.m. tomorrow. 

DATE: Thursday, March 5

TIME: 4 - 6 p.m. 

LOCATION: Victory World Outreach Church

3150 S. Academy Blvd. 

(SW corner Hancock Expressway/Academy Blvd.)

RSVP: If you have not yet reserved your spot for this meeting please do so we know to expect you. 

CLICK HERE to reserve your space. 


What to expect during the meeting:  

  • Key updates of what we've learned so far about needs and options for transportation improvements at and around this intersection
  • Review and provide feedback to the list of alternatives and how they've been developed
  • Provide your preferences on refining and prioritizing the alternatives including access, transit, pedestrian facilities  
  • Discussion around your thoughts on revitalization opportunities that the Hancock/Academy alternatives may provide
This PEL is the next step of the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan. The expected ultimate outcome is a package of transportation improvements that supports, sustains and contributes to the revitalization of this portion of the South Academy Corridor and its associated planning areas. As an Agency Representative or Stakeholder, you are invited to attend and provide your feedback to the work the project team has been doing since the September meeting.
Project Background

The City of Colorado Springs has been actively engaged in a revitalization planning and implementation effort focusing on the segment of Academy Boulevard between Maizeland Road and Drennan Road/Proby Parkway. In 2011 City Council adopted the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan for this approximately six-mile corridor. Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach designated the Great Streets corridor as an Economic Opportunity Zone (EOZ).


The Great Streets Plan identifies the Hancock Expressway/Academy Blvd. area as a major redevelopment node, recommending that a more detailed process be undertaken to comprehensively redesign this intersection and surrounding area as more urban, modern, multi-modal and economic development-supportive.

Information about Prior Stakeholder's Meeting

More information and documents from this meeting can be found in the Stakeholder's Meeting Summary


Key participants at the meeting signed the charter agreement to ensure a collaborative, respectful stateholder processRead more in PEL Team Charter.

Click to view Focus of the Vision.