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It's simple –

we create good places for our neighbors, colleagues, friends and families to live.

DHN Development develops community-oriented multifamily and mixed-use developments in the Colorado Springs area.  We seek out underserved markets that focus first on filling a need in our community, whether it’s being a leader in downtown’s redevelopment or building quality family housing for those in the missing middle income bracket.  We focus on quality, cost-efficient, sustainable design and construction methodologies that provide a return on investment and create a safe place for our kids while improving our environment, energy savings and long-term quality of life.  We are committed not only to our fiduciary duty to our investors and business partners but also to being collaborative conscientious partners with our neighbors, colleagues, friends and families.    

Once our communities are built, our in-house management team at Places Management takes a people first approach to creating and managing a community. Our team not only focuses on creating a great place to live but also on making connections and on giving our residents an overwhelming sense of belonging. 

The DHN Team

Darsey Nicklasson

Founder and President

Bryan Kniep

VP of Operations

Amanda Ware

Investor Relations and Accounts Payable

Darsey Nicklasson

As President and Founder of DHN Planning and Development, Darsey Nicklasson oversees the development & execution of the company’s strategic vision & real estate portfolio.

With more than two decades of experience in real estate, Darsey leads DHN’s transformation into a regional development firm, creating unprecedented long-term value & opportunity for investors, associates, and the communities in which the company operates.

Darsey is a visionary & collaborative leader with extensive experience in real estate development & property management. She is highly invested in the communities she serves & seeks to holistically address housing & cultural needs.

Darsey believes in creating places by designing and building life, vitality and community into the urban landscape. By listening and connecting with people who want to combine community with modern living, she designs and builds unique, innovative places where people live, connect and come together to make things happen.

In 2016, along with partner Kathy Loo, she opened Blue Dot Place, the first residential development in downtown Colorado Springs since the 1960s. The property is a mixed-use development with 33-apartments & retail space. Blue Dot Place was a Colorado Urban Land Institute Impact Award nominee & case study.

In 2020, Blue Dot Place sold for $13 million or $393,000 per unit, a record high per-unit price in Colorado Springs, breaking the previous record of $251,000 per unit.

DHN opened Casa Mundi in 2020, a 27-unit multi-family property with first floor retail. The property sold in 2021 for $12.8 million.

In 2021, DHN broke ground on Mosaica (223-unit attainable housing project) & Kaleidos (150-unit attainable housing project), both in Southeast Colorado Springs, ranked as the nation’s No. 1 area for home sales in 2021, according to the hottest zip codes report released in 2021 by

Her service to community goes beyond the construction site. Darsey plays an active role in shaping the future of southern Colorado via the following boards, committees, organizations:

  • Woman of Influence 2021 Awardee
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Downtown Review Board
  • Southeast Community Plan Steering Committee
  • Capital Campaign Committee, Safe Passage
  • Drake Decommissioning Visioning Oversight Task Group
  • Art Space Advisory Committee
  • Apartment Association of Southern Colorado
  • Urban Land Institute

Darsey’s husband Rob and three children, Bryce, Adaleigh and Henry, ensure she keeps busy beyond city building, with soccer, track, climbing, mountain biking and superhero stunt activities.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bryan Kniep

Kniep brings over 20 years of experience in land planning, land use, land development, and apartment development experience to the DHN team.  As Vice President of Operations, his focus is on day-to-day execution of under-construction projects, negotiation and programming of projects that are getting ready to be under construction, and oversight of projects in pre-development stages.

Over the past ten years Kniep has specifically built for-rent product, handling all aspects from due diligence and land purchase contract negotiations through product development and site planning, construction oversight, marketing, and lease-up on projects ranging from 48 units in downtown Colorado Springs to 248 units in the Salt Lake suburbs.

Being able to develop ways to create unique and interesting spaces people can interact and live in offers challenges and opportunities that Kniep has always enjoyed.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, and watching sports with his lovely wife and three step sons.  He and his wife enjoy a good patio with microbrews and their dogs after a hike.  Kniep received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 2000.

Amanda Ware

Amanda brings her passion for building lasting and meaningful relationships within our community as well as her experience in hospitality and non-profit settings to our team. Her excitement for details and experience in bookkeeping and business management has made her an integral member of our team as she makes sure we keep our finances straight and our communications clear. In her “spare” time, she is active in the lives of her six amazing kids and one adorable grandkid all the while enjoying life in beautiful Colorado.

Hope whispers. quietly. slowly replacing doubt with the courage of possibility.” ― Rachel Marie Martin

Team photos: Stellar Propellor Studios