Boulder council discusses building housing, city offices on former Broadway hospital site – Boulder Daily Camera

City officials have often spoken of the huge opportunity Boulder has at the 8.8-acre former hospital site on Broadway, and of the need to “get it right” in redevelopment.

A study session of the City Council on Tuesday offered a peek at what getting it right may look like in the eyes of the planners and elected leaders tasked with turning the site, which the city purchased a year ago from Boulder Community Hospital for $40 million, into a community benefit.

The council showed a desire to investigate using the land, which sits just west of Broadway along Alpine and Balsam streets, to build a mix of housing types for different income levels, city offices and commercial space that includes bars and restaurants — all in a pedestrian-oriented layout.

The ongoing Alpine-Balsam conversation takes place within the context of a simultaneous exploration into the future of Broadway from University Hill to Iris.

At one point in the study session, Councilman Sam Weaver asked planners whether the city might inquire into a gondola as part of the Broadway plan. Chief Urban Designer Jim Robertson said that could be one of a number of tools Boulder looks at once it has actually solidified the city vision for the corridor.

Source: Boulder council discusses building housing, city offices on former Broadway hospital site – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Valley backing away from plan to sell Uni Hill Elementary to CU Boulder – Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder Valley School District is backing away from a plan to sell the University Hill Elementary building to CU, Superintendent Bruce Messinger said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. The administrative recommendation not to move forward came after the board discussed a feasibility study on the plan Tuesday in a closed-door session to allow for confidential real estate discussions.The district-commissioned study, by architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht, is expected to be made public on Wednesday. But district officials said the study showed the proposal’s costs were prohibitive.

Though the district was waiting for the results of the feasibility study before soliciting community feedback, the proposal had drawn criticism from both parents and community members.

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Hogan-Pancost Property (Formerly the Boulder Creek Commons Project)

Description:  Upcoming meetings regarding a proposal to annex and develop the 22-acre Hogan-Pancost properties at 5399 Kewanee Road and 5697 South Boulder Road with Residential Low – 2 (RL-2) zoning. A revised Concept Plan (LUR2016-00076) was received this week by the Department of Community Planning and Sustainability and includes an updated layout and proposal to build 115 attached and detached units (50% as permanently affordable housing) served by new streets and alleys (see weblink below).

A previous annexation request was submitted by the applicant in 2006, but was withdrawn. The previous Site Review (submitted in 2012) did not proceed to City Council following a recommendation of denial by Planning Board and considering the 2013 flood event in Boulder. The latest annexation application, LUR2015-00093, was submitted in 2015 and is still active despite no action by Planning Board in 2016. The applicant has requested Planning Board and City Council consideration of the Annexation and Concept Plan applications in coming months. The tentatively scheduled public meetings are listed below.

Meeting Location: City Council Chambers, Municipal Building
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80306

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017– 6 p.m.: Planning Board consideration of the Annexation and Initial Zoning application as well as the latest version of the Concept Plan.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017- 6 p.m.: City Council consideration of the first reading of an ordinance to annex the properties. This is not a public hearing item; however, interested parties may address City Council at the beginning of the meeting under “Public Participation.”
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017- 6 p.m.: City Council public hearing on the Annexation and Initial Zoning application. The public will be invited to address the City Council as a part of the hearing. City Council will render a final decision on whether the property should be annexed.

Applicant: East Boulder Properties, LLC

Zoning: Boulder County ( RL-2, Residential Low- 2, proposed)

More Information: Questions or comments related to the project and process should be sent to Karl Guiler at guilerk@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-4236.

Questions or comments related to the project and process should be sent to Karl Guiler atguilerk@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-4236.

Source: Hogan-Pancost Property (Formerly the Boulder Creek Commons Project)

Landlords Are Taking Over the U.S. Housing Market

As rising home prices, slow new home construction, and demographic shifts push homeownership rates to 50-year lows, the U.S. is increasingly a country of renters—and landlords.

Last year, 37 percent of homes sold were acquired by buyers who didn’t live in them, according to tax-assessment data compiled in a new report published by Attom Data Solutions and ClearCapital.com Inc.

Read more: Bloomberg.com

City will spend $8 million to renovate an ex-Boulder Community Hospital building – Boulder Daily Camera

As an early step in the broad redevelopment of the former Boulder Community Hospital site on Broadway, Boulder plans to spend about $8 million to renovate one of the site’s buildings and use it for city offices. When the city bought the hospital site from BCH, which is now located in east Boulder, in December 2015 for $40 million, it acquired roughly 355,000 square feet of facilities and 800 parking spaces on a total of 8.8 acres. In assessing what it had bought, the city determined that one of the facilities — the Brenton Building at 1136 Alpine St. — is in “very good condition” and primed for long-term use. … Boulder is in the process of collecting public feedback on possible uses for the site. This phase, which the city is calling “vision planning,” is scheduled to be follow by a drafted site plan later this year.

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