It is of primary importance to stress that the opponents of the current proposal at 3303 Broadway are not against residential development at that location. The developer, from Richmond, Va., has been developing there for over 20 years. Boulder is not Richmond. Our city requires a collaborative and inclusive approach to development.The supporters of the plan continually mention affordable and middle-income housing being built there. They say that they look forward to a mixed population in the neighborhood. Are 450-square-foot units rented for $1,250-$1,300 a month truly affordable?
Recent editorials have criticized the unanimous decision of Boulder’s Planning Board and the planning staff to deny a developer’s proposal for 3303 Broadway (former People’s Clinic site). While I understand and support the need to create more middle-income units in Boulder, it is unclear if these critics took the time to review the hundreds of pages of background information, listen to voices on both sides, or spend time at the site to observe access, traffic, parking, and safety issues to develop an informed opinion.
Everyone seems to agree that Boulder is changing rapidly and that it has become unaffordable for most of its workers to live here, resulting in an increasingly “missing middle.” There is a solution to this problem and it has been around for decades: “inclusionary housing.” Ironically, the city has an inclusionary housing ordinance and apparently little will to impose the intent of such ordinances (i.e. income diversity) on new housing developments.
Boulder City Council will decide whether to call up the 3303 Broadway project on Jan 3, the same night they take final public comment on the coop ordinance. Some notes about the call-up procedure and possible arguments by the proponents follow: Continue reading “Call Up of 3303 Broadway Jan 3rd”
Update on the 3303 Broadway (aka “Iris & B”) high density development proposal:
On December 1st, the Boulder Planning Board unanimously rejected the 3303 Broadway and Iris Development proposal.
At the public hearing before the Planning Board, the developer brought almost as many proponents as we had opponents to the development; she had the support of a few former City Council members, the Chamber of Commerce and other pro-growth groups.
The developer and her supporters are not giving up. We have reason to think that the developer is going to urge City Council to “call up” her plan for 3303 Broadway. It is very possible that the pro-density City Council will approve the request, ignoring the issues raised by the Planning Department and Planning Board. Continue reading “Developers to urge City Council to Call Up 3303 Broadway project Jan 3rd”