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East Bookend of the Civic Area

From May 2018 to May 2019, the city is working with the community to create an Area Plan for the Civic Area East Bookend site. Use this webpage to learn more about the Area Plan process, including history of the site, previous planning and development that has taken place, and the latest updates on how to get involved.

Latest News & Announcements

Check out the project's Be Heard Boulder webpage by clicking the image below. You can take a questionnaire to share what goals you value most for the East Bookend, review past public presentations and connect with the project manager. 

Civic Area Master Plan

The Civic Area Masterplan, adopted in June 2015, outlines a vision for the future of the Civic Area over the next 10-20 years. Since the plan’s adoption, the city has worked with residents to make this plan a reality. After a robust community engagement and design process, the city completed construction of the Phase I “Park at the Core” improvements in November 2017.

In Spring 2018, the city will launch the next phase of planning and community engagement which will include developing an Area Plan for the East Bookend of the Civic Area, an area bounded by Arapahoe Avenue, Canyon Boulevard, Broadway and 14th/15th Streets. The Area Plan process will take place from Spring 2018 through mid-2019, and will include a range of community engagement events to help shape the final plan.

Download the Civic Area Masterplan

Area Plan Timeline & Resources

Area Plan Process

The next step for the East Bookend site is the creation of an Area Plan to provide more detailed guidance for future development of the site and surrounding area. The process will analyze and narrow down the potential uses that have been identified for the East Bookend to provide a preferred option for the future redevelopment of the area. The area planning process will be informed by community input, previous planning efforts, and detailed analysis of the site and its potential future uses.

The Area Plan process will take place from Spring 2018 through mid-2019, and will include a range of community engagement events to help shape the final plan. 

Phase 1 - Conceptual Designs (May-Sep 2018)

Develop feasible urban design frameworks that address the project goals. These generally include urban form, public realm and parks, connectivity, and land use.

Phase 2 - Refined Designs (Oct-Dec 2018)

Develop conceptual alternatives that further assess the physical, economic and financial realities of each site. These include realistic building footprints, 3D sketch models, street sections and more specific types of uses.

Phase 3 - Preferred Design & Draft Plan (Jan-Jul 2019)

Select the preferred option and develop a draft of the area plan. The final area plan will be adopted at the end of Phase 3.

An area plan will answer questions like:

  • What kinds of activities and land uses will be allowed or encouraged on the East Bookend site?
  • How might uses change in the vicinity of the East Bookend site?
  • What massing, scale, and intensity will be permitted?
  • How will transportation work around, in and close to the site?
  • How will parking function?
  • Who will pay for development of the site and how will this funding be secured?

Read more frequently asked questions »


Existing Condition Report

As a first step in the Area Plan process, city staff has created the Civic Area East Bookend Existing Conditions Report to provide a comprehensive inventory and clear understanding of the existing status of the Civic Area East Bookend, while also documenting the prior planning, research, and analysis that has been done within the area. This report will serve as a foundation for the planning process by identifying key considerations that need to be addressed throughout the planning and implementation processes.

Community Engagement

The city needs the community’s input to help shape the Area Plan! Throughout the Area Plan process, there will be a range of opportunities for the community to get involved, including online and at face-to-face events. Details for these events will be posted on this webpage and announced in the Planning Newsletter . Sign up for the Planning Newsletter today to receive bi-monthly updates.

Key communications and engagement objectives of the communications and engagement for the Area Plan:

  • Clearly communicate the timeline and opportunities for meaningful engagements through easy-to-find information.
  • Provide transparency throughout the process using clear processes and feedback loops.
  • Create inclusivity though the process with diverse participation.
  • Develop an innovative process that is creative and fun.


Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Please join us for any of the following events where you can learn about the Alpine-Balsam project and ask questions. 

  • June 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.- Neighborhood Office Hours in South Boulder at Lucky's Market (695 S. Broadway)
  • July 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.- Wednesday's Farmers' Market
  • July 18 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.- Neighborhood Office Hours in Crossroads/Palo Park at the Rayback Collective (2775 Valmont Rd.)
  • July 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.- Concert in the Park in the Civic Area Park
  • Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. - Neighborhood Office Hours in East Boulder at the Heifer and the Hen (5290 Arapahoe Ave.)


Visit Be Heard Boulder to take a survey on which goals you value most for the East Bookend. 


Past Engagement Opportunities

On May 16 the city hosted an East Bookend Area Plan Kickoff event. You can review materials from the event:

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS pdf about the Civic Area East Bookend Area Plan. 

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