Biz buzz:
Fillmore-Centennial zoning amended

       The Colorado Springs Planning Commission has approved three Hill Development Corporation requests that could lead to office development, including a medical campus, south of the intersection of Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard.
       The requests, which need to be ratified by City Council, are for an amendment to the Hill Properties Master Plan, a zone change to allow the more flexible planned unit development (PUD) zone south of Centennial and the PUD plan itself.
        The issue was uncontested at the Planning Com-mission meeting June 3.
       Assuming council approval, Hill is expected to come back with a development plan for the site that would include a medical campus east of a four-lane, quarter-mile extension of Centennial Boulevard.
       The overall property size is listed in the request as 83.07 acres. The project area earmarked for office development, parking and open space is shown as just over 70 acres.
       Previously, it was reported in the Westside Pioneer that a preliminary site plan - which was included in the Planning Commission packet - calls for medical buildings on both sides of Centennial, but it now appears that such may only be on the east side. Because leveling the land will involve “cutting” dirt from the east side of the site and “filling” it on the west side (which has slightly less acreage), Mayerl said Hill expects to wait a few years to let the fill side settle before developing there. Plans for that area will be dependent on the market at that time, he said.
       Terra Vista Townhomes Phase II is under construction in the 3200 block of West Pikes Peak Avenue. The owner and builder is Dan Gillis of Dan Gillis Homes.
       Three of the nine units are finished and sold, according to Tim Seehafer of Red Rock Realty. Three more are due for completion in July, with two of them sold, while the final three are expected to be finished in September, he said.
        Phase 1 of Terra Vista (six units) was completed a year and a half ago in the 2700 block of West Pikes Peak Avenue, he said.
       In an adjoining quarter-acre lot facing onto the 3200 block of West Colorado Avenue, Gillis Homes is building an office that will become home to Red Rock Realty, as well as Spartan Mortgage and Premier Funding, he said.
        The building, slated for opening in the first week of July, is owned by Bill Grimes. Red Rock Realty (in which Grimes and Seehafer are partners) will be leasing it, Seehafer said.

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