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Heads Up! - Sept. 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

Dear City Council Members,

Robb’s Boulder Music slated for Path to Home Navigation and affordable housing
This week the Division of Housing and Department of Human Services partnered with a Boulder-based development group to purchase the property located at 2691 30th St., formerly Robb’s Boulder Music. The property is slated to be redeveloped into affordable housing, but not before providing a 2-year lease for the city’s Coordinated Entry for adult homeless services and the Bridge House Path to Home Navigation services. At the expiration of the lease, the property will be developed into an estimated 50 permanently affordable housing units serving households earning up to 60 percent of Area Median Income. 

The building and property was purchased this week by, “2691 30th LLC” for $4.25 million with $2.2 million in financial assistance from the city. In addition, the city will invest $300,000 to complete health and safety improvements to the current building to allow for the Coordinated Entry service and accommodate up to 50 beds for the Path to Home Navigation service, managed by Bridge House. The city will support operations of the property and programming for the next two years.

2691 30th LLC is composed of Don Altman, Roger Grow, Michael Bosma, Robert Haas and Jay Hebb. Andy Allison of Allison Management, a local affordable housing developer is also associated with the project and helped facilitate the transaction.

For more information, contact Kurt Firnhaber, deputy director for Housing, at
[email protected].

Community dashboard rollout slated for next week
The City of Boulder plans to promote the community dashboard next week as part of a broader public rollout of the online tool. The interactive platform, known as Boulder Measures, is available at bouldercolorado.gov/boulder-measures. It is designed to show the city’s progress toward goals, promote citywide performance management, and engage community members in government accountability and transparency.

The dashboard has been in beta since it debuted at two open house events in February. It has been enhanced based on public feedback provided at the open houses and ongoing input provided through online feedback forms. While the city plans to formally announce the launch of Boulder Measures next week, it’s important to note this will be an iterative tool updated over time.

For most metrics, the city will update Boulder Measures data at least quarterly, with a few measures updated more frequently. Raw data from the metrics will be made available in the city’s Open Data Catalog at https://bouldercolorado.gov/open-data. Boulder Measures and the Open Data Catalog are part of a larger effort across the city organization to use data more consistently to better inform decisions, enhance transparency, heighten accountability and enable continuous improvement.

The city will share the community dashboard with the public at the What’s Up Boulder citywide open house on Oct. 11. Staff will be on hand to discuss how the dashboard and open data are part of the city’s performance management strategy.

For more information, contact the city’s Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer, Julia Richman, at [email protected].

Regards,
Jane

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