Big-timers could reshape Springs

The request sounded innocent enough, asking invitees to meet on Feb. 26 for breakfast and a presentation on urban development, specifically the monstrous project surrounding Denver’s new Union Station.

Many of the 100 or so attendees surely saw that Chris Jenkins, president of Nor’wood Development Group and an energetic leader in the crusade of transforming our downtown, was involved in organizing the event. So perhaps this wouldn’t be just a seminar on Denver’s progress. Surely, there would be some tie-in to our City for Champions in Colorado Springs.

In fact, it was far more than that. Jenkins and Nor’wood had brought in some visitors from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the internationally known architecture and engineering firm whose credentials include the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel, the Sears Tower and Hancock Center in Chicago, various New York City landmarks and, several in Denver, among scores of others reaching as far as London, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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