Through the Medical Office Pavilion Reuse Analysis, it was determined that the Pavilion, located at the corner of Alpine and Broadway, is well-suited for reuse for city facilities.
What is the review process for redesign and renovation of the Pavilion building? Will community members of an opportunity to participate? When will council decide?
The Pavilion design will follow the city’s regulatory process and go through concept and form-based code review. We anticipate public engagement early in the design process to help inform the programming of the building.
Will there be an additional floor or public meeting space on the top floor?
Design considerations for the additional floor will be presented as part of the concept review to Planning Board.
Will there be public meeting space?
This is being considered.
How many city staff members will work in the building? And where will they park?
The number of staff and the services provided will be part of the programming phase anticipated to begin later in 2021. Parking for the Pavilion and Western City Campus will be provided at the Broadway parking structure.
What/who will the future housing serve? How many of the homes will be affordable?
As the owner of the hospital site, the city will have significant influence over the affordable housing outcomes. The Area Plan specified that the city-owned site include a diverse mix of housing unit types with estimates of number of units between 210-260. The city anticipates that a large percentage of those units will be permanently affordable to low-, moderate- and middle-income households. The exact mix of ownership versus rental, unit sizes, and income levels served will be determined at the time of development in response to the future housing market, financing options and likely partnerships.
The city will explore options to bring on a co-master developer for the site to achieve the goals of the area plan in the summer and fall of 2021.
How will redevelopment provide new pedestrian and bike connections?
A key goal of the plan is to improve walkability, safety and connections with well-connected and pedestrian-oriented streets and walkways. The area plan outlines a Connections Plan (see Chapter 5, pg 47 and the appendix) for the site and nearby area describing improvements like a new local street at 11th between Balsam and Alpine, improved alleys, new and improved multi-use paths, on-street loading areas, curbside management locations, a mobility hub/plaza, and transit stop improvements. These improvements will be implemented by private development when and if properties redevelop and by the city as capital projects in the public right-of-way.
How will parking be handled?
The access and mobility strategy for the Alpine-Balsam site includes managed parking and on-going Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs and services (could include Eco-passes, bike and car-share memberships, funding for transit, micro-transit options). The approach includes utilizing SUMP principles: shared, unbundled, managed and paid parking to reduce the need for building more parking, facilitating shared parking, and encouraging use of other modes of travel. There will be minimal or no investment to construct additional parking, but utilize the existing Broadway/Alpine structure. Transportation Demand Management measures will be essential to reduce the demand for parking by the new land uses and help minimize demand for automobile access. See a full description in the area plan (starting on pg. 52).
What’s planned for the new 11th Street connection? Will this new street increase traffic on existing 11th Street?
The new connection at 11th Street between Balsam and Alpine will be a local connection primarily to access the interior of the site; it won’t be designed as a cut-through and have much vehicle traffic. In general, redevelopment on the site will generate fewer trips than what was estimated to have been generated by staff and patients to and from the hospital and medical offices.
Will there be new retail or cafes? Other services?
The form-based code provides flexibility by allowing limited retail in the building fronting Broadway. But considering the availability of services directly across Broadway, staff are exploring relocating the Age Well West community center from 9th and Arapahoe to the corner of Balsam and Broadway. This would help activate the corner as envisioned in the Area Plan and could also include some sort of café.
What will the future flood mitigation look like?
The new greenway will be an open-channel stormwater conveyance facility. The greenway will be landscaped and have two east-west Paseos. One Paseo will be a concrete multiuse path and the second will likely be a pedestrian path that meanders along the future path of the stormwater.
Will nearby properties be out of the federal flood plain once constructed?
When would the flood map change? Once the new greenway design is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency construction may begin. Once construction is complete, the city will submit a request to amend the flood map effectively removing the residential properties north of Balsam from the flood plain.
Will the new stormwater mitigation provide better drainage for North Boulder Park?
Standing water in North Boulder Park is common after heavy rain events. While the stormwater mitigation will help reduce standing water near 9th and Balsam, it will not provide improved drainage for the entire park.