Continuum of Care for our Community

Mission and Nor’Wood announce homeless housing project

Springs Rescue Mission and Nor’wood Development Group have announced a partnership to build Greenway Flats, designed to provide permanent supportive housing serving up to 65 people experiencing chronic homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based approach that provides ongoing housing that includes supportive services for residents. The announcement comes within weeks of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers challenging the city, nonprofits and business leaders to create innovative solutions to address the need for affordable and low-income housing. Read More…

Colorado’s hottest market for hipsters? It’s not in Denver

If you’re looking for Colorado’s hottest spot for hipsters, you’re going to have to look past Denver.

That’s according to Yelp and, which ranked 297 U.S. cities to create their list of “The Hottest Hipster Markets.” Colorado Springs was the state’s top city for hipsters, ranking No. 10 nationally.

The “hipster score” created by the two companies used’s measure of home sales and counted’s mention of the word “hipster” in its reviews.

Columbus, Ohio was the No. 1-ranked “Hottest Hipster Market,” followed by Seattle, San Diego, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rochester, New York, San Francisco, Long Beach, California, Louisville, Kentucky, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Colorado Springs.

Specifically, the 80903 ZIP Code area in Colorado Springs ranked the highest in the state. Shuga’s restaurant was tabbed a “hipster hotspot” and the city was described thusly: “Colorado Springs offers the same natural beauty and proximity to world-class skiing and hiking that nearby Denver does, but with a lower cost of living and unemployment rate.”

Denver ranked No. 18 on the list.

Last year, in another ranking of cities’ appeal to hipsters, Denver ranked No. 3 nationally, behind only Seattle and Portland.

Denver ranked No. 18 on the list.

Last year, in another ranking of cities’ appeal to hipsters, Denver ranked No. 3 nationally, behind only Seattle and Portland.

Building a “Greener” Portfolio

Colorado Springs Utilities and Nor’wood Development Group announce Plaza of the Rockies has achieved LEED Silver Certification for Existing Building. October 13, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO – Colorado Springs Utilities and Nor’wood Development Group today announced that Plaza of the Rockies, a premier office building in Downtown Colorado Springs, has achieved LEED Existing Building Operation and Maintenance certification of Silver. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating system, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the leading sustainability program for buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that are designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

A $75 million U.S. Olympic Museum

Nor’wood Development Group, the Springs’ biggest locally based development company and a City for Champions backer, donated land for the museum.

Nor’wood – developer of some of the city’s highest-profile office, retail and residential projects – is the largest private property owner in southwest downtown, according to El Paso County land records. Nor’wood and another Springs developer began assembling land in the area in the late 1990s in anticipation of the city’s urban renewal declaration. Nor’wood now controls the land, and has nearly 18 acres, records show.

Not surprisingly, Nor’wood is eager to see its investment pay off. But southwest downtown’s makeover isn’t just about his company, said Nor’wood president Chris Jenkins.

A pedestrian bridge will span railroad tracks in the area to link the museum to America the Beautiful Park and the Pikes Peak Greenway trail network. Spruced up streetscapes, improved bicycle access and a new Colorado Department of Transportation interchange at nearby Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street will help transform the area “beyond what any could have imagined,” Jenkins said