BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR BOULDER'S CITIZENS
At the heart of the City of Boulder lies the 9 acre Boulder Community Hospital site now called, provisionally, "Alpine-Balsam". We are thrilled it was purchased by the City of Boulder in December 2015 as Goose Creek CLT and others advocated. We are thrilled the City, with local and national consultants and with lots of citizen input created a good "Vision Plan" in June 2017. Now another round of citizen input and consultant-led design work is underway and with an extra 18 month lease granted to BCH on most of the site (though with an ability to use the parking, a good development!). See Jerry Shapins and David Adamson talk about the opportunities: Equity AND Sustainability! More People AND Higher Quality of Life for Neighbors and the whole community (thanks CU students!).
Let's move it forward expeditiously, let's include a large amount of primarily permanently affordable mixed income housing that demonstrates little need for parking or fossil fuel vehicles and is welcomed by neighbors as a wonderful amenity. Let's help it be a state of art green building complex perhaps inspired by the Living Building Challenge (see Bullitt Foundation office), LEED for Neighborhoods, net zero energy communities and ecodistricts, anthroposophic buildings (eg ING Bank) and it's beautiful foot-of-the-Rockies setting. Let's explore daylighting Goose Creek through it and down to Unity Church! Let's explore connecting it upstream via a beautiful pedestrian-bikeway through the proposed North St. Woonerf to the 311 Mapleton redevelopment and the Sanitas Open Space. Come join one of our walks around the area to learn together about how to do all this (see events)! Here is another community perspective on the project.
In May 2015, the hospital listed the Broadway hospital location for sale. Goose Creek Neighborhoods then reached out to members of the community to form the BCH Task Force to engage the greater community and to explore ways to play a positive, proactive role in the redevelopment of the property. This working group included City of Boulder residents, business owners, commercial property owners, former public office holders, and action-oriented community members. The city completed the purchase of the property in December 2015.
Original BCH Task Force participants included: David Adamson, Steve LeBlang, Will Toor, Richard Foy, Roger Lewis, Jim Robb, Brad Smith, Charlie Hager, Benita Duran, Michael McCrea, Pete Morton, Jerry Shapins, Allen Goldstone and more.
Check out our updates page to learn more about the past and future for this important project.