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Griffis/Blessing, Inc., closed on Lion Village Student Housing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on December 27, 2019, for $34 million. 



“This acquisition allows us the opportunity to jump into a hot student housing market around the flourishing University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus,” said William J. Hybl, Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing. “We have a substantial track record with this community, having managed it since its opening in 2015, and we look forward to continuing to cultivate its success and  maintaining a positive experience for residents.”

With its third phase completed last year, Lion Village is comprised of 141 units with a total of 508 bedrooms. The townhomes offer a mix of two, three and four bedrooms, averaging 1,021 square feet. Each apartment home comes fully furnished, including housewares and a washer and dryer, and with utilities, internet and cable included. Every bedroom has its own private bathroom and spacious closet. Community amenities currently include a heated swimming pool, business center, fitness center and 24-hour maintenance.

“Due to its favorable location, market positioning and our management team's focus on operations and capital improvements, we believe Lion Village to be a solid investment,” said Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services of Griffis/Blessing. “Our strategic plan includes upgrading the clubhouse by optimizing the space for the benefit of student functionality. Additionally, study rooms and a gathering space will be introduced to support the collaborative and group-related aspects of today’s education curriculum.”

CBRE in Denver acted as the broker and arranged financing for the acquisition.

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. With additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing currently manages over five million square feet of commercial space and more than 7,200 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.

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Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Dog parade and contest at 11:00 a.m.)

Fox Run Regional Park (find us at the warming hut!)

2110 Stella Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

 

Join us at Fox Run Regional Park for a celebration of nature and winter! During this winterific event you’ll be able to join guided nature walks, listen to professional storytelling, roast hot dogs and marshmallows, and watch a Dog Snow Queen & King contest! That’s right, you can bring your furry friends and enter them into this doggy-ful contest with prizes being donated by Wag N Wash Monument, Earthwise Pet Supply & Grooming, and Bentley’s Pet Stuff. In addition to these awesome activities you’ll be able to warm up with hot chocolate, play fun winter games, make a craft to take home and learn about the incredible science behind snow. $5 per person, includes snacks and all activities! All proceeds benefit Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers, a 501c3 non-profit. Call 719-520-6387 for information.

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The Elections Division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced today that Proposed Initiative 107 (“Restoration of Gray Wolves”) has qualified for the 2020 General Election ballot.  

The “Restoration of Gray Wolves” Initiative is a statewide initiative and therefore requires at least 5% of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous general election, which in this case is 124,632. This requirement is outlined by Article V, Section 1 (3) of the Colorado constitution.  After reviewing a 5% sample of the 215,370 submitted signatures, the projected number of valid signatures is greater than 110% of the total number required.

Random Sample Verification Summary:
Total number of qualified signatures submitted     215,370
5% of qualified signatures submitted (random sample)     10,769
Total number of entries accepted (valid) from the random sample     6,967
Total number of the entries rejected (invalid) from the random sample     3,802
Number of projected valid signatures from the random sample     139,333
Total number of signatures required for placement on ballot     124,632
Projected percentage of required valid signatures     111.80%

The Calculation of Sufficiency is available here. The text of the “Restoration of Gray Wolves” Initiative is available here.           

A record of all accepted and rejected signatures, including reasons for each rejection is on file with the Secretary of State.

The other initiatives approved for the 2020 ballot at this time are Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum and Initiative 76 (“Citizen Qualification of Electors”).

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COS End of 2019 Highlights

City of Colorado Springs continues to garner national attention

"How is it that Colorado Springs has achieved this enviable status?  It hasn’t always been so.  The fact is that the credit belongs to all of you, the citizens of Colorado Springs…  And in the last four years our citizens have made an unprecedented level of public and private investment in our city."

- Mayor John Suthers, 2019 State of the City Address-

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Colorado Springs continued to draw national attention in 2019 as a best-in-class city. For the second year in a row, Colorado Springs earned the distinction of #1 Most Desirable Place to Live, according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Colorado Springs highly in terms of quality of life, affordability, job opportunities, and other economic criteria.

Colorado Springs continues to build on its reputation as a prime destination for tourists and athletes looking for scenic beauty and adventure as well as professionals and families attracted to the area for its robust housing and job markets.

Colorado Springs moves up to become the 39th largest city in America




Moving up from 42nd  to 39th largest city in the U.S. over the last five years, Colorado Springs’ is now a major contender among such cities as Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida.

U.S. Census Bureau Estimates as of 7/1/2018
 
The following is a look at some of the accolades the City of Colorado Springs earned in 2019:    

Top Honorable Rankings for Colorado Springs:

#1 Hottest Neighborhoods to Watch in 2019 by Trulia

“Strong job growth and a young buying market pushed Colorado Springs to the top of our list of hottest hoods.”

#2  Most Desirable Place to Live by CompTIA

“Information technology professionals listed major factors driving decisions to include city affordability, local economy, weather and climate, job security, and commute times.”

#2 Cities That Will be the Next Dream Outdoor Hubs by Outdoor

“As people are being priced out of our favorite cities and as urban areas are investing more in green spaces, we asked Outside contributors to name the places they’re heading to for that perfect mix of city life and just-around-the-corner adventure.”

#3 Best Place to Live in the USA by U.S. News & World Report - Real Estate

“This data was categorized into the five indexes: Job Market Index, Value Index, Quality of Life Index, Desirability Index, and Net Migration”.                     

#3 Top Place for a Family Weekend Getaway by Today

“Using interviews with specialists, online reviews and personal experience, TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy!”

#5 Best City to Find a Job by WalletHub

“WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of job-market strength. They range from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.”

#6 Top Moving Destination by HireAHelper

“HireAHelper's Migration Study analyzed moving data on more than 31,000 Hybrid™ Moves in the U.S., booked through our online platform in 2018, supplemented with 2017 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.”

#6 Best City for Veterans to Live by Veterans United

“In order to determine the best cities for Veterans to live, Veterans United’s analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 4 key dimensions: Economic Wellness, Employment, Availability of VA Benefits and Quality of Life for Veterans.”

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Easy Street Designs in Security-Widefield, Colorado, now offers DVD and CD duplication. Easy Street Designs is a family owned print shop that also offers printing, copying, faxing, scan to email, as well as graphic design and business printing such as business cards, brochures magnets, banners and much more.



Discs are great for sharing personal photos, company presentations/events, music demos, family videos, storing important documents and media offline and more.

DVD copies start at $7 each (up to 4.7 Gb)
CD copies start at $5 each (up to 700 Mb)
prices are from DVD to DVD or CD to CD.
If a master (you don’t have it in DVD or CD format yet) is required, the master disc creation is $10.

Pricing does not include custom label
non-copywrited material only (unless it’s yours)

Easy Street Designs is located at  51 Widefield Blvd, in Colorado Springs (Security-Widefield). You can reach them at 719-390-5080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They’re open from 8:30 to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 2pm Saturday. (Closed Dec 24th and 25th).

Follow Easy Street Designs on Facebook at Easy Street Designs in Security-Widefield, Colorado, now offers DVD and CD duplication. Easy Street Designs is a family owned print shop that also offers printing, copying, faxing, scan to email, as well as graphic design and business printing such as business cards, brochures magnets, banners and much more.

Discs are great for sharing personal photos, company presentations/events, music demos, family videos, storing important documents and media offline and more.

DVD copies start at $7 each (up to 4.7 Gb)
CD copies start at $5 each (up to 700 Mb)
prices are from DVD too DVD or CD to CD.
If a master (you don’t have it in DVD or CD format yet) is required, the master disc creation is $10.

Pricing does not include custom label
non-copywrited material only (unless it’s yours)

Easy Street Designs is located at  51 Widefield Blvd, in Colorado Springs (Security-Widefield). You can reach them at 719-390-5080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They’re open from 8:30 to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 2pm Saturday. (Closed Dec 24th and 25th).

Follow Easy Street Designs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EasyStreetDesigns. Visit them on the web at www.EasyStreetDesigns.com.