Cara Luneau: Attention Homes project a misuse of public funds

The Boulder Planning Board held a public hearing Thursday night on the proposed $12.5 million Attention Homes residence for homeless young adults.

…There are many compelling reasons for us to reject this proposal. While many have already been written about, I will attempt to summarize them here:

The proposed transfer of public funds for this project from the city to a private equity firm (Gardner Capital) and to the Methodist Church is a betrayal of taxpayers…

The cost of the building far exceeds the cost of other “affordable housing” projects…

If approved the project will violate numerous building restrictions set in place to protect the historic Whittier neighborhood, including height, setback, parking, and density requirements…

As for the proposed residents of the building, Attention Homes plans to house 40 units’ worth of high-risk 18-24 year-olds. This age of young adulthood is unstable and characterized by reckless behavior in the best of circumstances…

There are four schools within a few blocks of 1440 Pine St.: Whittier Elementary, Sacred Heart, the YWCA Children’s Alley, and Casey Middle School. As a community we need to stand up for the safety of these young children, stand up for taxpayers, for the character of our downtown area, and for the Whittier neighborhood. We must not support this misuse of public funds but find a better way to address the needs of homeless adults…

The Planning Board should just say ‘No.’

Source: Cara Luneau: Attention Homes project a misuse of public funds – Boulder Daily Camera