COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KKTV) — The Air Force Academy and their partners have finalized funding around the TrueNorth Commons mixed-use development at the north entrance of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
This includes a 57-acre complex that will reportedly include the new USAFA Visitor Center, a hotel and conference center, as well as commercial retail and office space.
The new USAFA Visitor Center will be open to the public, and crews working on the project say it will bring new recruits to the Air Force Academy and welcome people to the state.
“We want to attract the best and brightest people America has to offer. So having a visitor center that tells its story and really tells the American public what we all stand for and the type of leader we’re trying to develop, I think is phenomenal. It’s an absolute must,” said Michael Peterson, Air Force Academy Outreach.
The Visitor Center is expected to feature interactive displays and experiences for those who stop and will be designated a Colorado Welcome Center.
Several of those who have worked on the project have made the following statements:
“This important milestone means we can continue to make this exciting new project a reality for Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, local residents and visitors,” said Steve Hicks, chairman and chief executive officer of Provident Resources Group. “Financing for these exciting new projects was completed through a public-private partnership that brought together local stakeholders with experts in finance, real estate development, construction, hospitality management and law to make Colorado Springs and the US truly great. Air Force Academy.”
“This has been an incredible partnership and we couldn’t be more excited that the Visitor Center and TrueNorth Commons will become a reality, marking the successful completion of the entire City for Champions vision. The Air Force Academy has long been a celebrated part of our city’s identity, and the Visitor Center will provide a fantastic opportunity to share it with residents and visitors alike,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “It is difficult to imagine a project with more catalyst and impact with a more transformative effect on our city than the entire City for Champions initiative. I am grateful to the public and private partners and community members who put their heart and soul into the City for Champions initiative to make it a reality.”
“This project will rethink how we welcome visitors not just to our campus, but throughout the region,” said Lieutenant General Richard M. Clark, Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy. “For some of the most promising young people our country has to offer, the journey to leading the Air Force and Space Forces begins here in Colorado Springs. The new Visitor Center will tell the story of our Academy and its critical mission, and we are grateful for the supportive partnerships that have turned a bold vision into reality.”
The project would total more than $340 million. The projects were funded through a partnership between the Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation, the City of Colorado Springs, Blue & Silver Development Partners and Provident Resources Group. The project includes the latest of four City for Champions catalytic projects designed to add dimension, energy and economic vitality and boost tourism in the Pikes Peak region.
The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
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