COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Downtown Colorado Springs is nearing a complete transformation and the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame is just the beginning.
"It is the core of our city, so having a strong downtown is a very important factor to having a good city," said Jariah Walker, executive director for the Colorado Springs Renewal Authority.
The proof is already here. Popular new restaurants like the Denver Biscuit Company are moving in - only driving more traffic downtown.
Plus - the city's Urban Renewal Authority is already considering a 350 room Marriott hotel to be built on Tejon St.
Walker said there is a reason they are designating all of this development downtown.
"We want to make downtown the driving force of the city," he said. "Our number one goal is to cure blight and do infill projects."
This will solidify business for local shops like The Perk Downtown - to keep the 'hustle and bustle' alive.
"When I came here many years ago it was very quiet, there was not a whole lot going on," said Tracy Dodson, the manager of the Perk Downtown. "I can't wait to see what is in store for the future."
Note: The hotel has not yet been approved by the city - but plans are in the works.