No call-up: Boulder council grants final OK to 1440 Pine St.

The proposed development at 1440 Pine St. was given final approval on Tuesday night, as the Boulder City Council declined an opportunity to call up the project for further discussion.

That decline upholds a 6-1 vote of the city Planning Board last month to approve the project, which will see a three-story building built on a surface parking lot just northeast of the Pearl Street Mall.

No call-up: Boulder council grants final OK to 1440 Pine St. http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_31043717/no-call-up-boulder-council-grants-final-ok

Boulder Planning Board produces expected outcome: approves housing for homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St.

Boulder Planning Board produces the result they were expected to produce: they approved housing for young homeless adults at 1440 Pine St.

After 18 months of community debate — often unusually heated, even by Boulder’s standards — the city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a proposal to build housing for homeless young adults in a new downtown facility.

The board voted 6-1, with member Crystal Gray representing the lone voice of dissent.

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Steve Pomerance: ‘Density transfers’ at 1440 Pine – Boulder Daily Camera

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Transferred Density

When I heard about the Attention Homes project at 1440 Pine, now under review by the Planning Board, something about the large size and high number of at-risk young adults that would be housed there didn’t ring true to me. Then I learned that this was the result of a “density transfer.” I couldn’t remember ever hearing that term in my 10 years on the City Council, so I inquired as to what was being proposed. What I learned was, frankly, pretty bizarre.

Source: Steve Pomerance: ‘Density transfers’ at 1440 Pine – Boulder Daily Camera

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.’

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Boulder board delays vote on 1440 Pine St. proposal after marathon public hearing – Boulder Daily Camera

The Planning Board was finally set to vote on the project, after about a year and a half of often-spirited community debate. Anticipating a lot of citizen input, the board started its meeting an hour early on Thursday, but public comment still lasted until after 11 p.m.Because of the late hour, the board decided to postpone its deliberation and vote to May 30 at 6 p.m.

Source: Boulder board delays vote on 1440 Pine St. proposal after marathon public hearing – Boulder Daily Camera

2 Boulder Planning Board members face possible conflicts ahead of vote on 1440 Pine St. – Boulder Daily Camera

Potential conflicts of interest for two Planning Board members loom over the board’s highly anticipated Thursday vote on whether to approve a controversial plan to build housing in downtown Boulder for 40 chronically homeless young adults.

Source: 2 Boulder Planning Board members face possible conflicts ahead of vote on 1440 Pine St. – Boulder Daily Camera

Danielle Dougherty: Attention Homes ignoring neighborhood input

I am writing to express my opposition to the the 1440 Pine transitional shelter for young adults… I have spent the last several months serving as a board member on Attention Homes’ Good Neighbor Operations Group…

Sadly, while Attention Homes talked a good game, in the end, they did not incorporate even one neighbor suggestion in their “social enterprise” proposal to the Planning Board on March 17. While they talked about collaborating with the neighbors during the Good Neighbor Operation meetings, behind closed doors, they continued to relentlessly pursue their predetermined agenda…

Full Story: Danielle Dougherty: Attention Homes ignoring neighborhood input – Boulder Daily Camera