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

Ari Rubin: Expecting more from city government

On April 28, 2016, the southeast Boulder neighborhood participated in a meeting regarding the proposed zoning change of Hogan-Pancost….the developer, who had not fared well during his presentation, pulled his request. He patiently waited, and waited.

Finally, a year later, his patience paid off. On March 21, 2017, City Council offered pro-growth real estate attorney Peter Vitale a seat on Planning Board. Low and behold, a new meeting regarding the proposed zoning change was announced to be held on May 4, 2017, shortly after appointment…

On April 25, it was announced that … Peter Vitale would not be able to make the Planning Board meeting of May 4. Because of this, city staff made the decision to take the proposed zoning change of Hogan-Pancost off the May 4 agenda.

Although this is all very legal, it is also very wrong. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said: “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do, and what is right to do.”

Will one of our leaders stand up and do what is right? The citizens of Boulder both expect and deserve so much more from our government.

Full Story: Ari Rubin: Expecting more from city government – Boulder Daily Camera

Holger Voemel: Remember the flood

Most of us remember the flood of September 2013, which drenched Boulder in a week with what normally falls in a year… Less than four years later, the City Council is again considering annexing and developing the Hogan-Pancost property, which has been contentiously discussed for more than 25 years… Unless the city Planning Board and City Council have forgotten the 2013 flood, the only reasonable course of action is to preserve this property as open space and to decline the renewed application for development.

Full Story: Holger Voemel: Remember the flood – Boulder Daily Camera

Alice Levine: Council has it right at 3303 Broadway

I applaud City Council for supporting lower density at 3303 Broadway and in following the lead of Planning Board that voted unanimously against the developer’s proposal to bring high density and commercial components to this 1.3-acre site. High density is not appropriate for every piece of land and certainly not adjacent to Foothill Elementary School, where children on foot and on bicycles are a component of one of the busiest intersections in Boulder.

Source: Alice Levine: Council has it right at 3303 Broadway – Boulder Daily Camera

Diagonal Armpit Project passes Planning Board – awaits City Council blessing

McKenzie Junction, the 20-acre strip of field surrounded by highways at Boulder’s northeast gateway, may finally be headed for development… But on Thursday just before midnight, the Boulder Planning Board approved a mixed-use plan brought forth by the same team that failed to win approval in 2015.

About 10 different neighbors of the site addressed the board on Thursday to air their complaints with what the developers, Allison Management and Trammell Crow Residential, working in conjunction with architect Coburn Partners, brought forth.

“It just doesn’t seem like a nice entrance into our Boulder town,” Gary Carmichael said. “There’s just too much density on this, and it needs to be lightened up.”

“We have horses, cattle, dogs, kids,” Erin Harding said. “To hear that it’s going to be an active area 24/7 is very disconcerting to us, because that’s not our lifestyle out there. … The density is everyone’s huge concern.”

“I simply feel this site cannot be mitigated into a situation of livability,” Rodger Ewy offered. “I’m very sympathetic to our need for housing… but I believe this would be another one of Boulder’s big mistakes.”

Full Story: Cursed plot at Boulder’s northeast gateway stands a council nod from development – Boulder Daily Camera