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Southern Colorado’s The Mae on Cascade Sets New Standard in Urban Living

From the first impressions of the lobby, with a gourmet coffee bar, fireplace and state-of-the-art wellness center, residents will enjoy a simple yet highly social environment. Courtesy: Richard Seldomridge Photography


Located in downtown Colorado Springs’ New South End neighborhood, The Mae on Cascade offers 177 thoughtfully designed units, inspiring amenities and panoramic views of downtown and Pikes Peak. The Mae partners the best of downtown Colorado Springs with outdoor adventure in the foothills of the Rockies.

Jeff Finn
Vice President, Nor’wood Development Group

The Mae on Cascade pays homage to icon and namesake Fannie Mae Duncan. An African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist, Fannie Mae brought world-class jazz, style and glamour to Colorado Springs in the 1950s and ’60s. As the creator and owner of the Cotton Club, she was a trailblazer – elegant and refined, yet resolute and bold.

This local icon won hearts and minds in business, and in life, with an inclusive and accepting philosophy, captured in her signature phrase “Everybody Welcome.” At every turn, Fannie Mae Duncan’s spirit comes to life at The Mae.

Its confident and bold interiors celebrate an abundance of natural light, color, natural materials and fabric, with classic overtones. From historical photos to lighting fixtures, the building’s details trace back to the character of a woman who shaped the Colorado Springs story.

The Mae on Cascade, which we developed in partnership with Griffis Blessing, elegantly delivers on the “Promise of Colorado,” a place that provides a good job, accessible housing and access to nature for all Coloradans.

Anticipating LEED Silver certification, the five-story property hosts 43 unique floor plans with unit sizes ranging from 400 to 2,500 square feet. Urban dwellers can enjoy a simple studio to a two-story penthouse apartment. The exterior materials, such as brick masonry, are skillfully blended to reflect the tenor and character of the local neighborhood. Its below-grade parking garage provides ultimate convenience for residents with additional storage and pet-friendly conveniences.

The Mae offers amenities throughout, each designed to create an enhanced living experience, healthy energy and a more connected lifestyle. From the first impressions of the lobby, with a gourmet coffee bar, fireplace and state-of-the-art wellness center, residents will enjoy a simple yet highly social environment.

The second-floor deck includes a year-round resort-style outdoor pool and hot tub, fireplace and club room. Units feature stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, designer fixtures, 1 gigabyte internet data, and open floor plans, all accented by the large oversized windows that capture expansive mountain and city views.

The location of the property equally complements its design. The Mae is located in the heart of the New South End, a dynamic and revitalizing downtown neighborhood surrounded by the city’s best destinations and restaurants.

The 60,000-square-foot U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, which opened in July, is dedicated to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their compelling stories. It is a world-class destination, with the artifacts, media and technology behind the athletes who make the United States proud.

The new Downtown Stadium will host professional, Olympic and amateur sporting events as well as entertainment and cultural events. Scheduled to open in the spring, the facility will be a mixed-use development featuring a rectangular field of play and serve as the permanent home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club soccer team.

Residents can explore America the Beautiful Park, Red Rocks Open Space and the Pikes Peak Greenway by foot or bike, traversing the city through a robust urban bike lane network or navigate the foothills on one of the largest trail systems in the world.

New housing options, arts and cultural attractions and sporting arenas are popping up across downtown and driving the creation of a “neighborhood” that will energize the city center and support a bustling and vibrant hub of restaurants and bars within a five-minute walk of the property.

Colorado Springs continues to receive top ratings as a premier place to live in the U.S. and The Mae on Cascade is part of that story.

Published in the September 2020 issue of Building Dialogue.

Edited by Building Dialogue