ONEN Master Plan
Supported by the Old North End Neighborhood association and hours of dedicated work by Mark Nelson, the North End Master Plan Committee, and many other neighborhood volunteers, the Master Plan was passed by Colorado Springs City Council in 1991. As stated in its “Purpose”: This Master Plan is intended as a “neighborhood resource” and “an official guide for the conservation, preservation and enhancement” of the neighborhood. In addition, the Master Plan “outlines many objectives to be accomplished” and is intended as a “framework” and “inspiration” for completing these initiatives. The complete ONEN Master Plan may be found on the ONEN website.
Brief General Overview, Past to Present:
The association, chartered in 1957 to fight commercial development in the Old North End, was led until 1967 by Jean Szymanski, its second president. During those years, 15 out of 18 battles fought over zoning were won. Now called Old North End Neighborhood, the association continues to work on zoning issues. Over the years, the organization and its committees have
- Helped place the North End Historic District on the National Register in 1982.
- Supported the city’s first neighborhood-initiated master plan, adopted by Colorado Springs City Council in 1991. (above)
- Worked with the City to achieve more appropriate designs for both the North Cascade Avenue and the West Uintah Street bridges.
- Achieved in 2008 the removal of Nevada Avenue from Fillmore Street to Cimarron Street as a through route for commercial trucks of more than four axles and began an effort to see this was enforced by local police.
- Led an endeavor to design, fund, and construct Steele School Park. This included a gazebo and landscaping.
- Supported an initiative by the Historic Preservation Committee to update and expand the North End Historic District. Accomplished in 2015, it is now called the Old North End National Register Historic District.
- Worked and achieved the re-affirmation of the Design Standards, passed by a unanimous vote of Colorado Springs City Council in 2021.
- Supports the Parkway Tree Program, responsible for planting hundreds of trees on ONEN’s parkways in the years of its existence. April 2021, parkway trees will be delivered and some planted by Boy Scout Troop 2. Eagle Scout candidate, Charlie Stevens, will organize the plantings and will work with City Forestry to produce a training video for use by his fellow scouts as they learn how to properly plant trees. The video will be available for viewing on the City Forestry and ONEN website.