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Ponderosa Community Stabilization

Ponderosa Community Stabilization

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Background

Ponderosa Mobile Home Park is a diverse, tight-knit community of 68 households located at 4475 Broadway in North Boulder. The land is a county enclave, surrounded by city and located adjacent to West Fourmile Canyon Creek. In August 2017, the City of Boulder purchased Ponderosa with plans to preserve long-term affordability, annex the property into the city, replace outdated infrastructure, and reduce flood risk to the community.

The central goal of the Ponderosa Community Stabilization project is to create long-term stability for community residents. As documented in the Ponderosa Resolution pdf, the City of Boulder affirms its commitment to collaborate with the individuals and families that make up the Ponderosa community throughout the planning and development process. Our work with residents ensures that they can choose to stay in their current home or move into a new home, no one will be forced to move out, and all homes are affordable and highly energy-efficient.

 

Need for Intervention

Under a Resilience Planning Grant, the need for City intervention in Ponderosa was defined. The grant explored opportunities to promote the resilience of a three-parcel area adjacent to West Fourmile Canyon Creek, including Ponderosa. How could the City plan for greater resilience in the next flood and in other natural disturbances? Special attention was paid to Ponderosa Mobile Home Park. Grant activities focused on engagement with the Ponderosa owner and residents and providing an estimate of cost for replacement of sewer and water infrastructure if the property continued to be privately owned. Early in the planning grant activities, City Council committed to a goal of non-displacement of residents living at Ponderosa. In 2016, the study of the West Fourmile Canyon Creek area was presented to the City Council, which directed city staff to continue to explore options for Ponderosa.

Using goals and drivers identified in the West Fourmile Canyon Creek Study pdf, city staff explored options for Ponderosa, ranging from “no action” to “city purchase with infrastructure replacement, identification of home replacement options and a long-term owner to maintain affordability,” the chosen option. In April 2017, the Ponderosa owner and residents were notified of the city’s interest in purchasing the property. The purchase was completed in August 2017.

 

Vision

2015 West Fourmile Canyon Creek Resilience Planning Grant

The West Fourmile Canyon Creek Resilience Planning Grant engagement effort identified the following objectives for the long-term vision of Ponderosa Mobile Home Park through conversations with city staff, park owners, Ponderosa residents and City Council members.

  • Minimize disruption to residents
  • Keep the residents of the community together; minimize displacement
  • Improve the resilience of the community
  • Improve health and safety
  • Retain affordability
  • Create certainty for the future
  • Achieve annexation goals
  • Encourage long-term investment in property
  • Improve utilities stability/reliability/service
  • Leverage disaster recovery funding
  • Minimize costs and maximize dollars invested

The Resolution to Ponderosa Residents pdf, adopted by City Council in October 2017, ensures the long-term sustainability, resilience and permanent affordability of the property.

Resident-identified Values

In the first resident workshop, the following five values were identified by residents as the top priorities.

  • Affordable
  • Aging in place
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Safe, comfortable, clean community
  • Many home options

 

Timeline

 

Funding

Sources of funding for this project include:

  • $75,625 in CDBG-DR (Disaster Recovery) Resilience Planning Grant from Colorado Department of Local Affairs for West Fourmile Canyon Creek Study Area, which includes Ponderosa Mobile Home Park
  • $3.6 million in CDBG-DR funding for infrastructure replacement
  • $600,000 from the City of Boulder’s Affordable Housing Fund toward purchase of property
  • In-kind support from Rebuild by Design, a New York City-based organization that convenes a mix of sectors - including government, business, non-profit, community. organizations, and stakeholder – to find collaborative responses to today’s large scale, complex challenges, and helped to provide tactical support for a three-day design workshop

 

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