January 18th is a very important meeting about the future of the former Boulder Community Hospital site at Balsam and Broadway. The City planners are hosting an “interactive community workshop” which you can read about HERE.
The early envisioning of possible uses for this site is very important: citizens should demand that the City use the property it already owns (like Alpine-Balsam) for affordable housing, co-ops, high-density, etc. Why is that important? Because if they don’t, then all these things will wind up in our neighborhoods instead.
The former hospital site is ideal because it’s not really in a neighborhood, per se. Three of its four sides are not residential zoning, and its fourth side, across Balsam, is abutted by only five houses, two of which are on double lots, with the extra lot buffering them from Balsam and the hospital site. While not perfect, this former hospital site is better than most other possibilities we’ve seen. Particularly if doing the City’s “experimental” housing there will offload some of the pressure to do it inside neighborhoods.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 to 8:00 PM,
Where: First Presbyterian Church (1820 15th St.) see map
The City’s Notice for this event:
Members of the community are coming together to shape the vision for Alpine-Balsam, the project to redevelop the Boulder Community Health (BCH) – Broadway Campus site, which the city purchased in 2015.
Join a community workshop to brainstorm and weigh different uses of the Alpine-Balsam site.
The activities will use the following preliminary set of guiding principles, which are based on site analysis and community input collected to date:
- Create a place with a vibrant mix of uses
- Build in affordability and sustainability
- Respect and respond to the site’s physical environment
Learn more about the project, review community feedback and preliminary guiding principles, and see how you can get involved by visiting the Alpine-Balsam project website.