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Griffis/Blessing, Inc. was selected to manage 830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, a 22,767 square foot office building on Colorado Springs southside. This is the second property Griffis/Blessing manages for the out of state owner. The building is over 85% occupied and home to tenants that include  SOCO Endo and Premier Healthcare.



The commercial management team lead by Liz Seeger, RPA, LEED AP, Portfolio Manager, with the assistance of Cortney Brunner, Management Assistant, Tiffany Koschwitz, Property Accountant, and Jim Leach, Maintenance Technician will oversee the day to day operations of the property.

“The assigned management team, who currently manage the owner’s other local office property, Mountain Shadows Professional Center, have over thirty years combined experience managing office buildings and this assignment is an ideal fit for them. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to grow our relationship and partnership with this ownership group,” says Commercial Department Vice President, Doris Wall.

Southern Colorado’s largest property manager of commercial and multifamily properties Griffis/Blessing is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. It is also Southern Colorado’s largest manager of medical office space, with the exclusion of hospitals.  The organization currently manages over 4.6 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. 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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Press Release

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will implement a temporary complimentary shuttle service from May 31-Sept. 15 to transport visitors to the summit. The shuttle is being launched due to an anticipated record-setting number of visitors combined with limited parking capacity in the summit lot, due to construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.
 
“It is very important that visitors know what to expect before they arrive at Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, especially this summer,” said Jack Glavan. “We’re launching a shuttle service for the first time, which will be critical to providing safe and accessible parking for all visitors who wish to experience the summit, including the existing Summit House which will remain fully operational throughout construction of the new facilities. We’ve seen a steady growth of visitors year-over-year, and combined with the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highway is anticipating nearly a 50 percent increase of visitors who wish to access the summit. While the shuttle will certainly be a different experience than driving yourself to the top, our aim is to make the visitor experience just as good or better.”
 
The complimentary service budgeted for and provided by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise division of the City of Colorado Springs, will impact visitors who intend to drive to the summit. No tax dollars will be used. Highway visitors who don’t plan to reach the summit by car – like fisherman, hikers and cyclists – can utilize the highway as normal. Seasonal highway toll rates will apply to all visitors, and purchasing online in advance is highly recommended.
 
Vehicles seeking to access the summit will be directed by parking attendants to one of two parking lots where they can connect with the shuttles, which are 15-passenger vans. The lots are located at the 7-mile and 16-mile highway markers and will be filled based on capacity. Shuttle wait times are anticipated to be between 5-10 minutes and will only stop in the designated shuttle parking lots and on top at the summit.
 
Although everyone is welcome to utilize the shuttle service, not everyone driving to the summit will be required to take the shuttle, including vehicles carrying persons with mobility disabilities or children in car seats. Motorcycles in groups of less than 10 and pre-approved busses and tours can also expect a parking spot on the summit. Persons with mobility disabilities who would like to use the shuttle will be directed to the 7-mile lot. The shuttles are unable to accommodate pets and bicycles. 
 
For additional Know Before You Go information, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com. To view a Facebook Live interview with Glavan detailing the shuttle service, visit www.facebook.com/PikesPeakAmericasMtn/.
 
Construction of the new Summit Complex is anticipated to begin in June and last through the fall of 2020. When the complex is complete, it is expected that normal traffic patterns will return to the Pikes Peak Highway.
 
The new Summit Complex and Visitor Center, co-funded by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and private donations, will deliver a vastly upgraded visitor experience to better accommodate the record number of visitors who are enjoying Pikes Peak each year. Upgrades include an improved kitchen and expanded dining facilities, better retail space and an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak. Frequent updates will be available on www.pikespeakcolorado.com.
 


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Dancers Shimmy for TESSA, Domestic Violence Awareness
As Part of Worldwide Shimmy Mob

Press Release

Several local dancers have a mission to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for TESSA on Saturday, May 12th. The dancing will take place at several locations in Colorado Springs with three dances performed at each location:
 
•Third Space Coffee – 5670 N Academy Blvd. at 9am
 
•Library 21C – 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. at 10:10am
 
•Rico’s Café – 322 N Tejon St. at 10:45 am
 
•Downtown - Rocky Mountain Soap Market and  Zeezo’s on Tejon Street, Photography Studio at 127 ½ E. Bijou, and Acacia Park from 12-2:15pm

•Chapel Hills Mall - 1710 Briargate Blvd at 3:00 p.m.
 
 
The Colorado Springs Shimmy Mob team has taken part in the worldwide Shimmy Mob for four years, and the Team has raised approximately $3,500 for TESSA. TESSA is dedicated to helping women and their children achieve safety and wellbeing while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence. TESSA’s programs include a confidential Safehouse, Victim Advocacy, Counseling and Children’s Programs, a 24/7 Crisis Line, and Community Outreach and Education.
 
The efforts of the Colorado Springs Team are part of the overall Shimmy Mob goal - to raise awareness of domestic violence and to promote and support organizations making a difference for domestic violence victims.
 
Shimmy Mob performances take place on World Bellydance Day as part of a flash mob type event with dancers and non-dancers performing a belly dance choreography. Worldwide there are 1991 registered participants across 169 cities.
 
For more information about the efforts of the Shimmy Mob Team in Colorado Springs please contact Lindsay Callahan, 720.234.5978, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
More information about Shimmy Mob can be found at www.ShimmyMob.com.
 
Information about TESSA and the need for its programs can be found at http://www.tessacs.org/.                 
                                        

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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care of Colorado Springs, Colorado is please to announce that Dr. Angela Poppe Ries, MD has joined them as Medical Director.

For information on Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care visit http://www.pikespeakhospice.org.

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Pilot program designed to enhance visitor experience

Press Release

Following a transportation study conducted earlier this year, the Garden of the Gods Foundation and the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will partner in implementing a free public shuttle this summer in Garden of the Gods Park. The optional shuttle will be offered for approximately 90 days between the end of May and beginning of September, which is when the park experiences the greatest number of visitors. An estimated 5.8 million people visited the park in 2017.



“Launching the shuttle system this summer is part of our incremental approach to apply small-scale pilot programs to gauge impact and measure feedback on utilization patterns,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “We know we won’t have all the answers right away, but because we want to increase alternative ways to experience the garden, it’s critically important to test programs like this shuttle.”

The shuttle fleet will be comprised of two 14-passenger vans that will take approximately 30 minutes to complete a three-stop loop at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, which connects to a trail into the Central Garden zone. To accommodate parking for shuttle users, a temporary parking lot with the capacity to hold 400 vehicles will be constructed near the intersection of 30th Street and Gateway Drive at Rock Ledge Ranch. Shuttles will depart the free Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot approximately every 15 minutes daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Adventures Out West – which currently offers guided, purchasable jeep, Segway and trolley tours from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – will manage and operate the shuttle. It will be funded by both the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 to preserve and maintain the park, and the parks department. The foundation also owns and operates the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Shuttle users will be encouraged to participate in a text-based survey to share their feedback. Additional information will be available at gardenofthegods.com and coloradosprings.gov/gogtransportationstudy.

The transportation study, funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation, was conducted by Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. In addition to the study, the Parks department also sought feedback from residents in March about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.