McKenzie Junction, the 20-acre strip of field surrounded by highways at Boulder’s northeast gateway, may finally be headed for development… But on Thursday just before midnight, the Boulder Planning Board approved a mixed-use plan brought forth by the same team that failed to win approval in 2015.
About 10 different neighbors of the site addressed the board on Thursday to air their complaints with what the developers, Allison Management and Trammell Crow Residential, working in conjunction with architect Coburn Partners, brought forth.
“It just doesn’t seem like a nice entrance into our Boulder town,” Gary Carmichael said. “There’s just too much density on this, and it needs to be lightened up.”
“We have horses, cattle, dogs, kids,” Erin Harding said. “To hear that it’s going to be an active area 24/7 is very disconcerting to us, because that’s not our lifestyle out there. … The density is everyone’s huge concern.”
“I simply feel this site cannot be mitigated into a situation of livability,” Rodger Ewy offered. “I’m very sympathetic to our need for housing… but I believe this would be another one of Boulder’s big mistakes.”