While large portions of the shopping center are vacant, Rustic Hills North remains home to the Colorado Springs Event Center. A taxidermied goat stands on top of a dresser in a convention hall at the Colorado Springs Event Center on Oct. 15, 2020 before the opening of a bizarre goods and oddities show. (Forrest Czarnecki/The Gazette) Rustic Hills North, a 1970s-era shopping center whose mostly empty storefronts underscore Colorado Springs’ shifting demographics and changing retail patterns, would be redeveloped into industrial uses by a suburban Chicago company under plans submitted to the city. Brennan Investment Group, a privately owned firm that acquires, develops and operates industrial facilities nationwide, has contracted to purchase Rustic Hills North, northeast of Academy and Palmer Park boulevards in central Colorado Springs, according to a proposal it’s submitted to city government planners. Brennan plans to demolish one building on the 22-acre shopping center’s north end, while converting three buildings totaling nearly 207,000 square feet into industrial uses, the proposal shows. A fifth, 9,742-square-foot building on the shopping center’s south end would continue to house retail tenants. The company has requested a zoning change to permit light industrial uses, which generally include the manufacture of small, consumer-oriented goods. It’s also seeking approval of a development plan amendment to establish industrial uses and allow minor building façade changes and other site upgrades, its proposal says. Those improvements would include concrete ramps and overhead doors for truck access, along with walls and landscaped areas to screen trucks from […]