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Commercial Development South of Castle Rock:
Our neighbors to the south are growing leaps and bounds! The Colorado
Springs Interquest Exchange, just east of I-25 has extensive growth, with
residential and commercial development. At the junction of 1-25 and Voyage
Drive at Interquest are major tracts of development including street expansions
to accommodate this rapid growth. One of the anchors to this development
is the Great Wolf Lodge and Indoor Adventure Park. Another anchor to smaller projects will be the construction and development of In-N-Out’s new district headquarters and  rst Colorado restaurant location. They have purchased 22 acres to house their 98,000 square foot o ce building. The distribution center is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Another major anchor complex will be the Scheels Retail Outdoor Adventure Store. This giant sports store will house 75 specialty shops with other fun attractions including a full-scale 65-foot Ferris wheel, a 16,000-gallon salt water aquarium, a wildlife mountain, arcade games, Ginna’s Café, sports simulators, robotic statues, etc. This will be the company’s 29th store and the second location in Colorado. Construction is about half-completed and has a huge footprint in the neighborhood! It can be seen from I-25. Yet another huge o ce complex construction is currently
underway near the Great Wolf Lodge with large cranes looming over this construction site. ENT Pension Fund is building its new headquarters which will be a new 300,000 square foot corporate headquarters o ce building just north of the Great Wolf Lodge at 9480 Federal Drive. Once completed, it will replace the 17-year old headquarters which was located at Woodmen and I-25. ENT has over 336,000 members with 6 new service centers along the front range in Colorado. ENT is building a strong presence in Colorado. Brinker’s International is building a new
5,600 square foot Chilis Restaurant at the northeastern section of InterQuest Parkway and Federal Drive. Arby’s and Texas Longhorn restaurants are coming soon adjacent to these sites along with a new Burger King which has recently opened for business. CDOT has a major interchange project under construction. I-25 has been temporarily diverted to accommodate this new exchange which will eventually connect Powers Blvd., intended to serve as a bypass for tra c headed east and south of town. Hopefully, this will route some of the heavy tra c going into Colorado Springs.
What to Do Nearby When You Don’t Want to Travel Far:
For many of us, the pandemic has greatly impacted our ability and desire to travel. Since we are “stuck” in Colorado, I thought in this monthly column that I might suggest local places to visit which is within a few hours driving distance. I will start by recommending something very close to Castle Rock. If you have not yet visited the History Colorado Center, located near downtown Denver at 1200 N. Broadway. This fascinating and interactive museum is dedicated to the history of the state of Colorado. Construction on the $111 million building started on 19 August 2009. It is located just east of the Denver Art Museum near the Capital. Please be aware that some of the exhibits have been modi ed to comply with Covid-19 State and Federal safety guidelines. As a result, many of the “hands on” and interactive displays designed for children are currently Touch with your eyes! Hands-on elements of exhibits have been removed or modi ed for your safety. Currently the sta  is o ering a creative alternative for our kids. They are now o ering Summer Camp Kits! Each week the Center provides you with everything you need to do Hands-On History Summer Camp @ Home, from supplies and craft activities to ideas for getting outside and exploring your neighborhood. They also hold Virtual Camp sessions to do the activities together on Zoom each weekday morning at 10:00am MT for kit participants only.
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