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In a photo looking west from Centennial Boulevard about a quarter-mile away, buildings are starting to be framed for the Fillmore Apartments complex at the southeast corner of West Fillmore Street and Grand Vista Circle. According to City Planning, the Fillmore Apartments building heights will appear about the same as those already in the area, including those in the Oasis Apartments complex directly behind the new project.
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Building construction starts for 91-unit Fillmore Apartments complex

Nov. 25, 2018; photo added Dec. 9
       After a few months of grading activities, framing started in mid-November on the five-acre Fillmore Apartments project.
       The 91 dwelling units will be distributed between two buildings, one with four stories (55 feet high), the other with three, at the southeast corner of West Fillmore
The yellow-outlined "Site" represents the Fillmore Apartments development in this vicinity map provided by Colorado Springs Planning. Other landmarks (future and present) are also marked, including the "VA Hospital" (actually a clinic), "Penrose" (denoting the future Penrose-St. Francis Hospital off Centennial Boulevard), "SQLC" (a once-proposed retirement facility) and "Oasis Apts" (the existing complex across the street from Fillmore Apartments).
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Street and Grand Vista Circle. The complex will also have a clubhouse.
       Construction will be completed one building at a time in 2019, according to Bryan Kniep, vice president of planning and community development for the Goodwin Knight company (formerly Challenger Homes). “We expect to have the clubhouse complete by the beginning of second quarter,” he elaborated in an e-mail, “and the first building to be ready for occupants sometime in the July/August time frame. The second building would follow about 30 days after that.”
       The apartment units will have one to three bedrooms. Goodwin is not yet pre-leasing units “and probably won't start for several months yet,” Kniep said.
       The Fillmore Apartments proposal was recommended for approval by city staff and faced no opposition in 2017 from the
In a photo taken Dec. 8 - about two weeks after the one at the top of this page and from a different angle (looking north from an undeveloped part of the Mesa) - the first building in the Fillmore Apartments project is seen being framed. The existing Oasis Apartments are on the left.
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Colorado Springs Planning Commission (concept plan and zone change) nor from City Council (zone-change ordinance).
       At earlier neighborhood meetings, some residents had complained that the height of the four-story building would be incompatible with the area - a several-square-mile expanse of the Westside known as “the Mesa.” The city has previously recognized parts of the Mesa as semi-rural in nature; however, in the vicinity of the Fillmore Apartments project are buildings of similar height, including a multi-story apartment complex on the other side of Grand Vista Circle (the 252-unit Oasis Apartments, a few office structures, Coronado High School, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic and the future Penrose-St. Francis hospital.
       Kniep has responded to height concerns by noting the property's terrain limitations (limiting where buildings could be placed) and potential lack of developer profit if fewer units were built. A City Planning representative has also opined that the four-story building will not look as tall because it will be built from a lower point on the site.
       Fillmore Apartments addresses the city's shortage of rental housing, according to past information from the developer.

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