Colorado Springs, Colorado
Community Hub Business Plan (2019) | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Citizens of Southeast Colorado Springs are proud of their vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhoods. To move the community forward as a healthy, lively place to live and work, El Paso County Public Health applied for and was awarded a $1 million grant through The Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Places Initiative.
P.U.M.A. was contracted by Solid Rock Community Development Corporation (CDC) to assist with conceptualizing a community hub, or resource center, for the neighborhood—a long-desired amenity. Part of P.U.M.A.’s role was to research best practice examples of the elements desired for the community hub, including a coffee shop, commissary kitchen for local food entrepreneurs, arts and entertainment programming and office space for the CDC. Prodigy Coffeehouse in Denver, pictured, was one of the models explored.
P.U.M.A. worked with the CDC to create a business plan that evaluated financially feasible uses as well as the ability to meet the community’s needs in a space that feels welcoming and inclusive to all.
Westwood Pop-Up Market Assessment and Implementation Guide (2018) | Denver, Colorado
Denver’s Westwood neighborhood is defined by its rich and celebrated Latino culture. The predominantly Spanish-speaking community’s main artery of Morrison Road encapsulates this culture, dotted with brightly painted restaurants, apartment complexes, beauty salons, auto body shops, and community service organizations serving the tightknit area. The nonprofit community development corporation BuCu West, which supports Westwood’s small businesses and entrepreneurs, contracted with P.U.M.A. to provide guidance on implementing a temporary “pop-up” market at a key intersection on Morrison Road. P.U.M.A. researched case studies, analyzed the existing zoning and provided detailed recommendations on programming, management and funding for a temporary market to activate the space, which is currently an underused parking lot. The goal was to provide a culturally relevant gathering place for the community that supports and celebrates local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Wailuku Civic Hub Feasibility Study (2017) | Wailuku, Hawaii
Through a multi-year visioning process to “remember, reimagine, and renew” Wailuku Town, a number of community projects and priorities were identified. A signature project, the Wailuku Civic Hub, was slated to address the need for more parking in the business district, which had been widely seen as a barrier to new investment. P.U.M.A. was retained by Maui Redevelopment Agency (MRA) to determine market opportunities and a range of viable program elements for the site, which replaces an existing surface lot and goes well beyond parking. Proposed elements include a covered plaza and outdoor stage, specialty grocery, county hearing room, and community reception space, among other components that will add vitality and activation to Wailuku Town. The project is the continuation of a working relationship between Maui and P.U.M.A. which began in 2010.
Tabor Opera House Feasibility Study (2017) | Leadville, Colorado
One of the most significant and beloved buildings in Leadville’s National Historic Landmark (NHL) district, the Tabor Opera House had deteriorated over the years, accruing significant deferred maintenance. Through the efforts of local citizens and the City of Leadville, the building’s longtime private owners agreed to sell the property to the city. P.U.M.A. was hired to identify the alternatives for revitalizing the opera house. To inform the study, P.U.M.A. convened workshops with stakeholders, creatively engaged the public, prepared a market assessment and organized a best-practices panel with representatives from successful theaters throughout the region. The feasibility study was designed to guide rehabilitation, programming and operations for years to come.
Southard-Gillespie House (2017) | Greeley, Colorado
P.U.M.A. worked with Historic Greeley to evaluate the economic vitality of the Southard-Gillespie House, a historic property which owner David Gillespie intends to donate to the city. In advance of this donation, we were tasked with determining the best ways to generate income from the property. We led site visits and interviewed stakeholders to assess the community’s perspective on potential reuse of the once-residential structure. P.U.M.A. also conducted extensive research to create an in-depth economic and demographic profile of the surrounding neighborhood as well the city of Greeley. The resulting economic feasibility study suggested the building could be used as a center for nonprofits, a rental space for small local events, a coffee shop, a home for Historic Greeley offices or some combination of these uses.
Walsenburg Middle School Reuse and Feasibility Analysis (2005) | Walsenburg, Colorado
The Huerfano County High School was designed in 1919 by prominent architects Isaac and William Rapp and served the Walsenburg community for more than 80 years. In 2004, the building had deteriorated and was slated for demolition. The Huerfano County Historical Society engaged P.U.M.A. to conduct a reuse analysis of the school. After an intensive process that included market research and financial analyses, interviews with community members and potential tenants, P.U.M.A. developed a reuse plan for the building that included the Spanish Peaks Library main branch as the anchor tenant. The library opened in 2009 and boasted a 70% user increase over its previous location. It is the crown jewel of the region and has won several awards celebrating its design, reuse and efficiency.