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Griffis/Blessing, Inc. has been named the Property Management Company for two new commercial retail properties on the northside of Colorado Springs. The first location, Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, a new daycare center at 6586 Issaquah Drive, is a 10,000 square foot building which is 100 percent occupied. The second property, The Shoppes, is located at

7636 Dublin Blvd

. The property is 14,300 square feet and will house nine tenants when 100% occupied. It is currently home to State Farm with a nail salon and sushi restaurant on the way.

6586 Issaquah Drive


Jeb Brewster, Portfolio Manager, will lead the commercial management team who will oversee the day-to-day operations of the properties. He is assisted by Josie Major, Management Assistant, and Cindy Colby, Accounting Supervisor.



“The assignment allows us the opportunity to provide a current owner with our continued quality management services as we do for his two retail centers in metro Denver,” says Commercial Department Vice President, Liz Seeger, RPA, LEED AP. “It also brings our retail portfolio to over 2.4 million square feet along the Front Range.”

Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. The organization currently manages over 6.9 million square feet of commercial space,
and more than 9,400 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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The Roll Up Food Truck, which you may know from Widefield Square, is taking over the building at the corner of Main and Security Blvd (301 Main Street, 80911). For now, they'll be cooking in the truck and offering sit down dining in the building as well as outside.



They're open Tuesday through Saturday. The breakfast menu is available from 9am to 2pm. The lunch menu is available from 10am to 2pm.

DON"T PANIC Tuns of Fun Hot Dog Truck fans. They're not going anywhere. Tuns of Fun will be set up there whenever they wish and there may be other guest trucks there when Tuns of Fun is elsewhere.

Later this year, Roll Up will have a full kitchen inside. They're also working on getting their liquor license and will even offer a limited menu for drive through service.

Follow Roll Up Food Truck on Facebook for the latest.

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In the midst of the pandemic’s economic insecurity, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) is taking on the challenge of building a second ReStore to help raise funds and awareness for affordable housing in El Paso County.

GROUNDBREAKING / GROUND BLESSING DETAILS:

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Location: 6250 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80923 (directly behind Gripstone Climbing & Fitness gym)



ReStore Northeast will greatly expand our capacity to serve the El Paso County community and further the mission of Pikes Peak Habitat with the support of donors, shoppers, and volunteers. Construction in northeast Colorado Springs is slated to begin in October with expectations of a grand opening in the spring of 2021.

The groundbreaking/ground blessing ceremony will include a presentation by PPHFH Executive Director/CEO Kris Medina. Also attending will be Chief Operations Officer Jeff White and Director of Strategic Partnerships Iain Probert. Light refreshments will be served. Please note that capacity limits, social distancing, and sanitization guidelines will be followed.

The ReStore helps builders, contractors, suppliers, and individuals by accepting tax-deductible donations of new and slightly used construction material, plumbing and electrical supplies, cabinets, home furnishings, and more which are sold to the public at discounts 50%-70% below retail. Net proceeds help provide permanent, affordable housing for qualifying future Habitat homeowners. The ReStore also helps other homeowners in our community by offering savings on home-improvement items.

PPHFH’s first ReStore, located at 411 S. Wahsatch Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, opened in 2004 and has since become a store recognized by Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat affiliates nationwide for its business achievements. Last year the ReStore helped fund six Habitat homes in El Paso County. It also kept 1,304 tons of donated material out of the landfill, and regularly recycles porcelain (which goes to creating road base for the city), metal, and cardboard, generating more revenue for building houses. It has also been awarded the Colorado Institute for Social Impact / Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado “Social Impact Business of the Year” PRISM Award in 2020 and 2018.

About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing in El Paso County in partnership with the community and prospective homeowners. Partner families build their home alongside volunteers, and purchase their house with an affordable mortgage. Pikes Peak Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1986 and has assisted 177 families achieve homeownership in El Paso County. For more information, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org.

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Proposed Initiative #306 (“State Income Tax Rate Reduction”) Qualifies For 2020 General Election Ballot

Press Release (Colorado Secretary of State)

The Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced today that Proposed Initiative 306 (“State Income Tax Rate Reduction”) obtained the sufficient number of signatures and has qualified for the 2020 General Election ballot.  

The “State Income Tax Rate Reduction” Initiative submitted 198,538 petition signatures, needing 124,632 valid signatures to qualify for inclusion on the 2020 ballot.  After reviewing a five-percent random sample of the submitted signatures, the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office projected the number of valid signatures to be 140,058, greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot.   These requirements are outlined by Article V, Section 1 (3) of the Colorado constitution and 1-40-116 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.  .

Random Sample Verification Summary:
Total number of signatures submitted     198,538
5% of qualified signatures submitted (random sample)     9,927
Total number of entries accepted (valid) from the random sample     7,003
Total number of entries rejected (invalid) from the random sample     2,924
Number of projected valid signatures from the random sample     140,058
Total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot     124,632
Projected percentage of required valid signatures     112.38%

The full Statement of Sufficiency is available here.  A calculation of sufficiency signatures from the random sample is available here. The text of the “State Income Tax Rate Reduction” Initiative is available here.             

A copy of the petition is on file with the Secretary of State’s office.

The initiatives approved for the 2020 ballot at this time are Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum, Proposed Initiative 76 (“Citizen Qualification of Electors”), Proposed Initiative 107 (“Restoration of Gray Wolves”), and Proposed Initiative 120 (“Prohibition on Late-Term Abortion”).

You can see the full text of initiative #306 here:
https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/titleBoard/filings/2019-2020/306Final.pdf

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A new Microtel Inn and Suites opened recently on Bandly Rd in Fountain, Colorado. You'll find it just south of the Love's convenience store off Hwy 16, right outside Fort Carson.



You can reach them at 719-390-9005, visit them at 7710 Office Circle, Fountain, CO 80817 or get more information on the web at www.wyndhamhotels.com/microtel.