Why 1440 Pine Street Project is Bad for the Homeless – Judy Nogg

I am opposed to the current proposal for 1440 Pine Street.

I don’t live nearby. Indeed, I’d rather devote my attention to my own neighborhood issues, but I am so concerned about the dangers to young adults that I must present my concerns.

Of course, most people want options for homeless young adults. I believe that the well-intended people who support this project have not yet considered the ramifications of this particular plan. Continue reading “Why 1440 Pine Street Project is Bad for the Homeless – Judy Nogg”

Greg Ekrem: Funding at 1440 Pine ties city’s hands for 40 Years

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

Emily Reynolds: Attention Homes project should conform to existing zoning

Scott Puffer’s letter to the editor (Daily Camera, Dec. 30) shows he feels strongly: 10 meetings with groups opposing the Attention Homes project is just about right before he and his ilk can begin the full-scale, uninterrupted violation of Pine Street. Yes, Pine can be just like Canyon Boulevard with grossly oversized, high-density buildings. Moreover, like recent Boulder development, the building can be just as ugly as any greedy developer from St. Louis or elsewhere can inflict.

Source: Emily Reynolds: Attention Homes project should conform to existing zoning – Boulder Daily Camera

Sean Kendall: Process flaw hurts neighborhoods

When homeowners in Boulder want to renovate historic homes, the city imposes requirements to maintain neighborhood character.For example, requirements that homeowners recreate 50-year-old glass panes when replacing historical old windows. The homeowner who wants to upgrade his garage and is told he must install two garage doors rather than one. The goal of these requirements is to maintain neighborhood character.

These neighborhood character rules seem to apply to everyone — except private developers who offer to “fix” the city’s affordable housing challenge. Private developers have figured out how to box City Council into a corner and effectively silence neighborhoods.

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John Driver: The trouble with Attention Homes apartments

This project, apartment housing for 18-24 year old at-risk residents, is a new direction for Attention Homes.  The process that Gardner Capital Development and Attention Homes has used here created a disconnect between them and all the surrounding stakeholders. They basically developed the building in the back room without any substantive involvement of the neighborhood or neighboring business owners in the Pearl Street area.

Full Story: John Driver: The trouble with Attention Homes apartments – Boulder Daily Camera

Dorsey Delavigne: Neighborhoods under duress

An Oct. 22 opinion piece in the Denver Post by Henry Dubroff, “If city’s leadership doesn’t act, we’ll lose Denver as we know it,” stated: “The frustration we’re feeling as citizens and neighbors is hard to define, but it’s real. We’re losing the sense of community, the identity of our neighborhoods and amid prosperity there is a sense that something essential is slipping away.” Boulder neighborhoods, too, are increasingly frustrated that their City Council shows them little regard. Perhaps it’s because none of council’s neighborhood-impacting schemes ever touch council members’ neighborhoods.

Full Article: Dorsey Delavigne: Neighborhoods under duress – Boulder Daily Camera