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From Whataburger to Midterm Election, A Sneak Peek at Colorado Springs in 2022 | Subscriber content

At the start of 2021, the end of the pandemic seemed within our reach. A year later, that goal is still elusive as the virus continues to mutate. Groundbreaking cases are emerging among those vaccinated as political division over measures such as mask and vaccine warrants persists.

In early 2021, Colorado Springs was awaiting a response on whether the city would retain the US Space Command and its 1,400 airmen. A year later, the answer has long been known, with plans for the command to move to Huntsville, Alabama, and city and state leaders are still hoping that decision is overturned by the Biden administration. . The Pentagon Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office are expected to release the results of their investigations this year into how Huntsville received command.

Who knows what surprises await us in 2022? We don’t have a crystal ball with the answer. But here are a few things we can anticipate this year:

• Colorado Springs’ first Whataburger is slated to open in the first quarter of the new year at the InterQuest Marketplace shopping center, east of Interstate 25 along InterQuest Parkway in the far north of the city. Whataburger Franchisee Brings Texas-based Burger Chain to Springs; its cult rivals, that of In-N-Out Burger, based in California. The Whataburger franchisee also has plans for three more locations in Springs.

• Denver-based Tattered Cover, the state’s largest independent bookstore and one of the best-known names in the bookstore industry for just over half a century, will expand to Colorado Springs when it opened in the spring at 112 N. Tejon St. in the heart of downtown. Tattered Cover will move into part of a more than a century old building that most recently housed Zeezo’s costume and magic shop.

• Here’s two great news for the northeast side of Colorado Springs. In January, Amy’s Donuts plans to open its second location in Springs, northeast of Powers Boulevard and North Carefree Circle. About a month later, Krispy Kreme Donuts will open in Northwest Powers and South Carefree, returning to The Springs after a 16-year absence.

• Vine and Wheel, 616 S. Tejon St ,. is scheduled to open in February. This is another concept of Altitude Hospitality Group, owned by Mitch Yellen. It will be in the same building as AHG’s other restaurants, the Garden of the Gods Cafe and Market and the Till Neighborhood Bistro. The wine bar offers wines by the bottle and by the glass. There will be a menu of small plates and cold cuts. It will also be a retail market for cheese and wine. Yellen will also open Trainwreck Colorado, 812 S. Sierra Madre St., in March. The sports bar will have golf simulators, a stadium-sized television, billiards, beach volleyball, pétanque, shuffleboard, garden games , live music, bar and food.

Online retail giant Amazon is slated to open two more delivery stations this year – one at a former Sam’s Club store being renovated at 715 S. Academy Blvd. and the other in a new building on the site of the former Western Forge hand tool manufacturing plant at 4607 Forge Road. Delivery stations are warehouses where Amazon drivers collect goods and deliver them to customers’ homes.

• Southwest Airlines will study the number of passengers on the flights to Houston and San Antonio that it has operated on a trial basis during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to determine whether to add the cities to its Colorado Springs schedule. on a seasonal or annual basis. Airport officials are also trying to persuade Southwest or United to offer non-stop service from Colorado Springs to the Washington, DC area, the main local destination without non-stop flights.

• Catalyst Campus is expected to begin construction early this year on a sixth office building in the 12-acre business park on the eastern outskirts of downtown Colorado Springs to house its growing collection of startups and entrepreneurs. space-based defense. This is just the first step in an ambitious plan to expand the campus over the next 10 years.

• The Space Foundation is expected to host its first full in-person space symposium since 2019 in April at The Broadmoor. Last year’s symposium was postponed until the end of August, when it was held as a hybrid in-person and online event, and the event was canceled in 2020, both due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Prior to that, the symposium typically attracted around 15,000 participants from around the world.

• Colorado Springs Airport is expected to begin a major renovation of the 28-year-old terminal, starting with the washrooms. The project is expected to cost between $ 10 million and $ 20 million, take three to five years and is designed to increase capacity; add food and gift options’ make the airport easier to navigate for people with disabilities; and upgrade and replace worn or aging equipment. The airport hopes to fund the project using revenues from its Peak Innovation business park or funding from the Biden administration’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure program.

• Colorado Springs City Council could appoint Stephannie Fortune to replace City Councilor Richard Skorman and serve until 2023. Her planned appointment has already sparked some controversy as she only lives in District 3, the southwestern part of the city, since November 15.

• Colorado Springs could expand several thousand acres to the south as developers plan Amara, a new subdivision of approximately 5,600 acres. Part of Amara was annexed to the town of Fountain in 2008 and the developers have now asked to leave Fountain probably in favor of Colorado Springs, due to water issues. Fountain cannot immediately provide the water service that developers need.

• Drivers along the 18 mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock were able to reach their destination free of charge as all three lanes in each direction, including a pair of express lanes, were opened in late 2021. as part of the Sud Projet Gap, one year in advance. Tolls are removed during the testing phase, during which state transport officials assess the functioning of the tracks. The testing phase is expected to last until much of 2022. Tolls will come into effect after the testing phase is completed this year, and a state council will set fares before the new lanes open.

Voters in El Paso and Teller counties will elect a series of new officials in midterm elections in November. In El Paso County, residents will elect two county commissioners in Districts 1 and 5, as well as a county treasurer, assessor, sheriff, coroner, clerk, registrar and surveyor. In Teller County, voters will elect a county commissioner in District 2, as well as a county assessor, treasurer, sheriff, coroner, and clerk and recorder. Residents of several towns in the Pikes Peak area will elect a mayor and council members, including Monument, Palmer Lake and Woodland Park. Gov. Jared Polis, meanwhile, is monitoring up to 14 Republicans who could hire him in 2022, as the Democratic tech millionaire runs for a second term.

• Could 2022 be the year e-bikes will have their legal day in Colorado Springs parks and open spaces? They were to be allowed on a temporary basis last year while their long-term fate was decided, but officials canceled the pilot program amid a backlash. While other Front Range communities have officially accepted e-bikes on the trails, they remain a hot topic in Springs. One side claims they allow access like any other bicycle, while another claims they threaten the recreational landscape and are not allowed under the city’s non-motorized restrictions.

• Residents of northern and southern El Paso County could visit the long-awaited open spaces. In the woods of Palmer Lake, the Santa Fe Open Space trails will likely be unveiled first, before the 4-mile Kane Ranch Open Space loop in the prairie near Fountain.

• In the spring, a plan is expected to outline and strategize “the most important and ambitious conservation and recreation goals for the Pikes Peak region”. This is the description of an initiative called Elevate the Peak. As a major and deeply rooted funder, Palmer Land Conservancy has brought together land managers and advocates throughout 2021 to discuss big ideas.

• A network of not-for-profit medical clinics for the indigent will open a $ 4.5 million health care center across from Colorado Springs’ largest homeless shelter. Starting February 14, the downtown Peak Vista Community Health Center will provide medical, dental, mental health and care coordination to the homeless population, those at risk of homelessness and others. low income residents.

• Starting in March, seniors who need grab bars, wheelchair ramps, ramps, roof repairs and other home improvements to help them stay independent can get them for free through the new Senior Home Modification program, a joint effort between Silver Key Senior Services and Pikes Advanced Habitat for Humanity.

• Letecia Stauch’s trial is scheduled to start on March 28 and is expected to last around six weeks. This timeline could see complications, however, as Stauch’s defense requires him to undergo a mental assessment again. 4th Judicial District Judge Gregory Werner, ordained in December, is said to be held at the Colorado Institute of Mental Health in Pueblo. At that time, he said his latest information was that the State Mental Hospital had a backlog of 352 people for people waiting for skill or catering services. Stauch is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson Gannon in early 2020.