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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We recently learned that if private equity firm Gardner Capital, First United Methodist Church and Attention Homes build the proposed 40-bed facility for homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St., the primary funder’s requirements will not allow the facility to be repurposed to serve any other affordable housing needs until 2058.
According to a Feb. 16 letter from Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), “the land use restriction to be recorded on the project will require the reservation of these units for “homeless” through the extended use period of 40 years.”
Source: Greg Ekrem: Funding at 1440 Pine St. ties city’s hands – Boulder Daily Camera
City officials have often spoken of the huge opportunity Boulder has at the 8.8-acre former hospital site on Broadway, and of the need to “get it right” in redevelopment.
A study session of the City Council on Tuesday offered a peek at what getting it right may look like in the eyes of the planners and elected leaders tasked with turning the site, which the city purchased a year ago from Boulder Community Hospital for $40 million, into a community benefit.
The council showed a desire to investigate using the land, which sits just west of Broadway along Alpine and Balsam streets, to build a mix of housing types for different income levels, city offices and commercial space that includes bars and restaurants — all in a pedestrian-oriented layout.
The ongoing Alpine-Balsam conversation takes place within the context of a simultaneous exploration into the future of Broadway from University Hill to Iris.
At one point in the study session, Councilman Sam Weaver asked planners whether the city might inquire into a gondola as part of the Broadway plan. Chief Urban Designer Jim Robertson said that could be one of a number of tools Boulder looks at once it has actually solidified the city vision for the corridor.
Source: Boulder council discusses building housing, city offices on former Broadway hospital site – Boulder Daily Camera
A gondola connecting downtown Boulder with University Hill. Sounds crazy, no? It turns out the ski-slope technology could be a cheaper, greener, traffic-calming economic boon than many might assume.
“I think it definitely warrants a study,” Maher advocated. “The city spends a lot of money on studies and I think for not a whole lot of money they could have one on this. There’s a lot of questions out there, so I’m not saying with absolute certainty this a good idea. But I do think it’s worth investing in some research.”
Source: Boulder gondola idea could still come in for a landing – Boulder Daily Camera
Another big idea that surfaced last year is building a gondola in Boulder. This concept is not totally new as leaders at CU talked about a system several years ago to link the main campus with Williams Village.While that plan never moved forward, the idea came up again when CU and private developers unveiled plans for a conference center and two hotels to be built on University Hill. While these projects are great news for efforts to revitalize the Hill, there were immediate questions over increasing traffic congestion on Broadway and alternative ways to connect the Hill with downtown
Source: Moving Forward in 2017 – Boulder Daily Camera
This month I want to highlight another big idea that is already solving traffic problems around the globe and should be considered here in Boulder. It’s a gondola transit system that would connect key points in the city and move people faster, cheaper and with less carbon than traditional transit.
Source: Sean Maher: Is Boulder ready for gondolas? – Boulder Daily Camera