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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs is pleased to announce the acquisition of approximately 80 acres of property at the Corral Bluffs Open Space through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land. Corral Bluffs Open Space provides a treasure trove for scientists and is considered a critical site for paleontological and archaeological research. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department acquired 80.688 acres on the west side of Corral Bluffs, bringing the total area to more than 700 acres.

“In this era of rapid population growth, it’s imperative that communities act quickly to secure unique lands for parks and open space when opportunities arise,” said Jim Petterson, Colorado and southwest director for The Trust for Public Land. “The Trust for Public Land is honored to collaborate with the City to conserve this globally-significant paleontological site.”

The additional acreage was purchased for $547,000 with funding provided by TOPS, the City’s Trails, Open Space and Parks program.  The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) and the Corral Bluffs Alliance submitted applications to the TOPS working committee requesting the acquisition.

“We are thankful for our voter-approved TOPS program, which allows for the acquisition and stewardship of sites like this one,” said Karen Palus, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director. “Our City looks forward to exploring its valuable resources.”

Corral Bluffs is located near Highway 94 on the city’s east side and accessible to the public through guided hikes. Visit for more information.

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Ventus CO, LLC has tabbed Griffis/Blessing as property manager for the 39,842-square foot retail center, located in the former Lincoln Elementary School, at 2727 N. Cascade Ave. Lincoln Center is home to 14 tenants including Goat Patch Brewing Company, CrossFit SOCO, Peak Commercial Properties, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute, Lincoln St. Barbers, Building3 Coffee Roasters, Nightingale Bread Shop, and The Distinctive Group Realtors.

The day-to-day operations of the property will be handled by the Commercial Services team of Portfolio Manager Liz Seeger, RPA, LEED AP, Management Assistant Cortney Brunner, and Property Accountant Andria Hecker.

“The Lincoln Center is a unique, urban retail property located along the Cascade corridor and we are looking forward to proving our extensive knowledge in managing this product type for a new Denver owner,” says Senior Vice President Rick Davidson, CPM®.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing current manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,700 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

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This web-based or mobile application connects pilots and aircraft owners to hangar owners to create a safe place to store aircraft overnight at any U.S. airport.

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A group of pilots and commercial real estate experts has launched Hangar TonightTM— a web-based and mobile application that connects pilots who temporarily need hangar space for their aircraft as they fly across the country.

In the United States, there are nearly 225,000 general aviation aircraft in use, and those pilots need a place to house their aircraft when they arrive at their destination. Additionally, the U.S. has more than 19,000 general aviation airfields.

Instead of searching multiple websites or making numerous calls, pilots can use this app or website to book up to 29 nights for their aircraft in cities around the nation.

This service offers asset protection to aircraft owners, as well as additional income for hangar owners with spare capacity.

“I started Hangar TonightTM because I saw a need for short-notice hangar options for pilots and owners as they fly to different airfields throughout the USA. I witnessed firsthand the damage that extreme weather and the environment can do in a very short space of time,” said Brendan Clarke, founding owner.

Hangar TonightTM targets hangar owners who realize they can capitalize on their spare space to gain extra income by providing a short-term solution to pilots and aircraft owners who are transiting their airfield. As many hangar owners are also pilots, they understand they may require similar services when they travel to other destinations.

“I believe there are opportunities for pilots to protect their aircraft in a hangar overnight at minimal costs and for hangar owners with spare capacity to generate a little income,” Clarke said.

Founder Brendan Clarke’s Biography

Founding owner of Hangar TonightTM, Brendan Clarke is also a Certified Commercial Institute Member (CCIM) and principle and founder of Clarke Real Estate Group, specializing in aviation commercial real estate and attracting new aviation-related businesses to the region. Prior to that, he was managing director of Cushman & Wakefield in Colorado Springs.

Clarke served with both the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot for 22 years. Afterward, he became an international airline pilot for Air New Zealand on the Boeing 777 aircraft. He has flown more than 8,500 hours in 11 different types of aircraft during his aviation career.

He has owned, managed and consulted on investment and commercial real estate both in New Zealand and more recently, Colorado, after relocating to Colorado Springs with his wife and family in 2013.


Protect your plane anywhere you land.

Hangar Tonight™ is owned and operated by a small group – including a seasoned military fighter pilot, international airline pilot and commercial real estate experts – that focuses on aviation properties.

Having witnessed millions of dollars in aircraft damage from a brief but intense hailstorm with tennis ball-sized hail at the Colorado Springs airport on July 28, 2016, they wished that pilots had known of the empty hangars on the airfield at the time.

They created Hangar Tonight™ to provide an easy solution to accommodate aircraft and to enable hangar owners to link directly to aircraft owners and pilots via a simple web-based or mobile platform. Users enter the airport, radius, aircraft type, dates/times, and then the algorithms show hangars that are available of the correct size to accommodate the aircraft.

Three quick, easy steps:

·       Search – at the airfield and within a selected radius;
·       Chat – directly with hangar owner and/or fixed base operator;
·       Book – immediately online and receive confirmation.
Find amazing overnight deals and connect with other pilots, aircraft owners and hangar owners/operators. For more information, visit Like them on Facebook at

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The weather was perfect for today's annual Community Day Parade in Security-Widefield. Every school in District 3 was represented.

Here's a few minutes of it on video


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Ace Hardware Corporation and The Grommet, today announced that Ace Hardware has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce startup, The Grommet.

The Grommet operates an e-commerce website that markets and sells new and innovative products created by independent entrepreneurs, also known as Makers. It has discovered and launched dozens of now household brand names, including FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox, SimpliSafe and SodaStream. To date, The Grommet has launched more than 2,500 innovative consumer products and amassed a community of more than three million early adopters and supporters.

Ace Hardware and The Grommet first began working together in 2016 as part of a collaboration to bring new, unique and otherwise undiscovered products from independent Makers into select Ace stores.

“We both stand as strong advocates for the underdog. From the very beginning we have appreciated our alignment in support for and advancement of the independent maker,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation. “Under Ace’s ownership, I believe The Grommet can offer our customers more of that which fuels global economies and makes America special - the unbridled creativity of the local entrepreneur.”

“The Grommet has often been called a ‘general store for innovation,’ and Ace is a trusted destination for the goods and services homeowners need to take care of their homes. That is a powerful combination,” said Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. “Both companies have a deep heritage of helping local businesses thrive so our values are uncannily compatible. And how fitting is it that our company is named after a humble piece of hardware? There is some destiny at work here.”

Ace Hardware is now the majority, controlling owner of The Grommet, however, both of the company’s original founders, Joanne Domeniconi and Jules Pieri, and their employees, will continue to have some equity ownership of the company. Ace intends to provide considerable autonomy to The Grommet and has no plans to change the company’s strategic direction.

“Ace’s expansive supply chain and network of 5,034 stores coupled with The Grommet’s innovative product discovery platform combine to give dreamers, inventors, innovators and Makers a sustainable, high quality path to meaningful growth, without having to bow down to the altar of Amazon,” Venhuizen said.

Retail analytics from Ace Hardware stores demonstrate significant value in aligning both physical stores with a digital discovery platform. Current customers of The Grommet visit Ace over 50 percent more times than the average Ace Rewards customer and spend 2.8 times as much.