The arena was originally proposed as an 800-seat practice arena with an adjacent parking structure on the premises (CC 2008 Long Range Development Plan). The arena is now proposed to be more than 4x larger, seating approx. 3,620 with NO supporting parking structure on the premises and an adjacent Natatorium (possible seating ranging from 500-2,000). The arena size, number of CC and C4C events and related infrastructure demands are detrimental to the surrounding neighborhood.
on Historical Neighborhood
- Proposed arena will impact the historical nature of the neighborhood – 7 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in the NNE, 3 are across the street from the arena.
- Proposed arena will be out of scale with surrounding historic structures and the college.
- Approval of Regional Tourism Act (RTA) funding is based on a promise to bring 118,500 net new out-of-state visitors/ year (over & above the planned CC hockey games). The business plan for the funding proposes 289 event days per year, which will degrade the livability of the neighborhood (165 – Arena; 84 other CC Venues; 40 both arena/stadium).
- Arena parking demand is estimated at 1,155 to 1,560 (calculated range of 2.0-2.7 people per car for 3,620 seats minus 500 student seats). CC has stated that they have 675 parking spots available for events. Shortfall is 480 to 885 parking spaces.
- Surrounding neighborhoods are expected to absorb overflow parking demands for the arena, taking away parking needed by residents and businesses, decreasing neighborhood aesthetics, livability and value. Some residents do not have driveways and garages.
- There are 7 + theater and sports venues near the arena site with combined seating of 6,000 owned by CC. Only two have dedicated parking – the FAC and Armstrong Hall.
- CC does not enforce their own student and staff parking policies (e.g., multiple, documented neighborhood complaints in ONEN and NNE)
- CC’s parking permit costs and policies (freshman cannot have vehicles) encourage staff and students to park in the surrounding neighborhoods today.
- CC plan to infill the Armstrong parking lot, as it has done with several other “unsightly” parking lots on campus, would further reduce available parking. What on-going process is going to ensure there is sufficient parking for CC’s needs given this plan?
- CC’s 2015 Master Plan advocates consolidating and/or moving campus parking to perimeter areas to improve campus image. Yet, CC has eliminated 500 parking slots on campus and not built new parking structures or lots. CC’s future master plan must account for parking for all venues they build and/or acquire in the future.
and Safety Concerns
- Arena will significantly increase traffic volume and congestion in all surrounding neighborhoods, increasing CO2 emissions and reducing neighborhood air quality.
- Nevada Avenue, which is already unsafe, will become more dangerous and congested due to arena traffic and street narrowing of Cascade Avenue and Weber Street.
- Arena events will generate noise and light pollution before and after events.
- At risk teens from the Dale House Project will be exposed to a detrimental atmosphere.
- Arena attendees searching for street parking will endanger other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/driver-in-fatal-crash-was-racing-for-a-parking-space-police-said/Content?oid=5296451
- Arena attendee vehicles will encroach on crosswalks, intersections and driveways, creating a safety hazard for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Arena commercial lighting will disrupt residences quality of life.
- Attendees will leave trash in the neighborhoods; possible rowdy behavior.
- Attendees will walk through alleys and yards, potentially bringing crime to the neighborhoods.
- Arena will encourage crimes of opportunity.
- Community Questions & Concerns
- Who is going to pay for all the infrastructure support? Who is going to pay for all the wear & tear on the roads? Who is going to pay for trash pick-up? Who will cover the cost of the police?
- Why not use the World Arena for the occasional large games and use the Robson Arena for average games?
- There is contradictory information regarding the use of the arena.
- CC’s 2018 arena parking study results are not available to the public.
- Citizens and neighbors appreciate the community outreach but fear, as in previous CC projects, it will serve to check a box and their concerns will not be considered and addressed. Especially with the City of Colorado Springs since the arena is a C4C project supported by the City. We feel this is a conflict of interest for the planning department and City Council.
- Citizens and neighbors do not have direct communications with the decision makers.