Recent articles in the Daily Camera reported that the Boulder Valley School District may sell the University Hill Elementary School to the University of Colorado. This magnificent building and city landmark has been part of the University Hill community of Boulder since 1905, both as a functioning and vibrant school and a focal point for our city. Historic Boulder is concerned about this potential sale because the University of Colorado has repeatedly demolished or removed buildings that were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and the university is not bound by city ordinances, including the landmarking of buildings.
Any potential development of the 308-acre CU Boulder South parcel is still years away, but to the delight of the university and the dismay of those concerned about flood risk on the property, it’s inching closer to fruition.Earlier this week, members of the Boulder City Council and Planning Board gave city staff the go-ahead to draft proposed changes that would redesignate the allowable land uses on the site. The move was made by the two bodies, via 13 yes votes and two “maybe” votes from Councilwoman Lisa Morzel and Planning Board member Liz Payton, in the context of the continuing 5-year update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.
It is hard to believe that the Boulder Valley School District administration really believes it is doing the best thing for students by selling off University Hill Elementary School to CU. If they did, they wouldn’t be so sneaky about it.
The Boulder Valley School District is considering changing University Hill Elementary’s educational program, range of grade levels and location. …
A joint letter issued by BVSD and CU after the May 16 meeting stated, “The planning group will meet again in June to further the discussion and prioritize opportunities. There is a strong desire to include parents and students in the conversation further down the road.” It turns out that there wasn’t a follow-up meeting in June or at any time since. …
There are many unanswered questions regarding BVSD’s ambitious proposal. You can see several of the “FAQs Without Answers” at the website www.unihillschoolfuture.org where you’ll also find a compilation of the materials that have appeared publicly so far.
For the makers and shakers, the developers, realtors, and landlords, the Chamber of Commerce, the City Council and Planning Board, in short, the money people of Boulder, the coming of Google is regarded as a feather in the cap for the city. For many of the town’s residents, particularly those who have been here longer, it seems yet another arrow into the heart of the quality of life they cherish here.
The “elephant in the room” in the current debate about affordable housing, co-ops, and neighborhood preservation in Boulder is the University of Colorado, which has not done its fair share of shouldering the burden of housing its roughly 30,000 students and its numerous faculty and staff.
…the city of Boulder should strictly enforce the occupancy requirements now on the books for rental properties. This … might eventually persuade CU to provide more housing for its several constituencies, if it sincerely wants to continue to attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, to an increasingly expensive place to live. This action by the city would incentivize CU to do the right thing.
CU Boulder Welcomes another record setting freshman class
This is NOT good news for Boulder! We’re already suffering from a staggering affordable housing crisis with 60,000+ daily in-commuters, more jobs than residents, and exponentially-increasing housing costs. The median cost of a single-family residence in Boulder is now around $1 million and continually rising. How many CU faculty and staff can afford to live in Boulder with this kind of housing costs do you suppose? Very few. If the CU Boulder campus enrollment continues to increase annually at 2.9 percent as it reportedly did from 2015 to 2016, the number of students will increase from 32,220 to 64,440 in just 24 years! And that’s assuming that the rate of increase stays the same and doesn’t increase over that time period. Read more on Facebook: