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Alpine-Balsam Implementation

Alpine-Balsam Implementation

Project Status During COVID-19

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Alpine-Balsam project is moving forward as a long-term community investment. The city is currently working on interior deconstruction of the main hospital building. Simultaneously, the city is preparing for infrastructure improvements (in areas such as flood and energy), analyzing housing financing scenarios and will soon be starting the design of the Pavilion office building renovation and making zoning changes identified in the Area Plan . Our goal is to prepare as much of the site as possible to be ready for redevelopment when the hospital deconstruction is complete.

Alpine-Balsam Background

The Alpine-Balsam property, formerly the Boulder Community Health (BCH) hospital, was purchased by the City of Boulder in 2015. The strategic investment was motivated in part by the desire to shape the redevelopment of an area that has been focused around a major healthcare facility for decades, and in part to address the city’s decentralized service and office challenges by creating the Western City Campus.

City Council’s recent adoption of the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan confirms the vision for the property, for which the city is transitioning to the implementation phase. The city is in the beginning stages of a multi-year process to redevelop Alpine-Balsam, and the recent memo to City Council included a summary of major projects.

News & Updates

Staff presented a short update to City Council during their Study Sesssion on Jan. 26 about key 2021 implementation priorities, including hospital deconstruction and rezoning. View the memo for the presentation hereYou can watch the presentation on Channel 8 or on the city’s website

2021 Priorities

Transitioning a former hospital site into a new vision of affordable housing and civic space will take many steps. Here are the key areas of focus for 2021:
  • Deconstruct the exterior of the main hospital building
  • Begin and complete the rezoning and form-based code (a tool to improve design outcomes and to create more predictability) development process 
  • Design and complete federal permitting process for flood mitigation
  • Complete energy feasibility analysis and development investment recommendations
  • Begin to design the Western City Campus, including the Pavilion building renovation
  • Develop strategies to develop the housing portion of the site
These actions will prepare the site for redevelopment and support the Area Plan’s intent. Many of these projects are interrelated and require strategic sequencing, though staff’s focus is on creating efficiencies where possible. 

Upcoming 2021 Engagement Opportunities

Wednesday, April 14 - The city hosted a community presentation on the Alpine-Balsam project. A video of the event can be viewed here, and the presentation materials are available  here pdf

Engagement priorities for 2021 include:
  • Flood mitigation design
  • Energy feasibility analysis
  • Rezoning and form-based code (a tool to improve design outcomes and to create more predictability)
  • Western City Campus development
The city is developing an engagement plan for these projects that will combine informative and consultational levels of engagement. Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming community engagement!

Implementation Status

The Area Plan sets a solid foundation for the expectations of the site, and there remains planning and preparation efforts to make the connection between the Area Plan and physical construction projects. This includes programming the western city campus (including Pavilion renovation design) and planning for non-physical elements such as the access and mobility strategy; regulatory changes; and energy planning.

In addition, there are site preparation activities that allow for construction to occur in the future, such as flood mitigation engineering, right-of-way development, hospital deconstruction, and environmental testing.

The details below provide a summary of major projects and their key interrelations.


  • The viability for Boulder County to relocate services from their campus at Iris and Broadway to Alpine-Balsam was evaluated by a joint City-County Working Group. Read the final   Working Group   recommendation
  • Interior deconstruction of the former Pavilion to prepare for renovation
  • National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental assessment required for federal affordable housing projects


  • Land use and zoning analysis for city-owned properties
  • Implementation of the access & mobility goals in the Area Plan
  • Evaluation of energy districting and creative approaches for the site
  • Interior and exterior deconstruction of the main  Boulder Community Health hospital building (after completion of federal environmental assessment requirements) 
  • Engineering and design of the flood mitigation greenway along Balsam
  • Programming and design of the Pavilion office building
  • Scenario testing and criteria development for the housing development


Implementation Projects

The working group process has been completed. After a parking analysis was conducted, it was determined that Alpine-Balsam is not able to accommodate the county's parking needs. The working group's final recommendation is that the county remove Alpine-Balsam from its list of potential future locations. The county is now in the process of evaluating other options, including relocating its services from Iris and Broadway, or redeveloping its current campus.

Meeting Log

The Area Plan calls for updates to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) land use map. These changes might be included in the 2020 Mid-Term Update to the BVCP (more info on the Mid-Term Update is in the  Dec. 3, 2019 memo to council.)

Staff are currently analyzing the appropriate zoning to achieve the direction provided in the Area Plan. To achieve the urban design goals in the Area Plan, other regulatory changes may be considered such as form-based code or designating certain blocks for mandatory design review or requiring site review. These tools will be considered as staff are analyzing zoning update needs.

Staff’s approach for implementing regulatory changes will be developed in 2020.

The Access and Mobility District approach identified in the Area Plan is focused on creating programs and structure to provide a range of mobility choices for future workers, residents and visitors to the area. It includes Transportation Demand Management (TDM) services, managed parking, and potentially the implementation of a General Improvement District (GID) at Alpine-Balsam.

The city-owned site's GID, if implemented, will collect property taxes for management, maintenance and parking infrastructure and fund on-going TDM strategies and programs. As implementation progresses, the viability and interest of a separate district for TDM programs and services or including this together with parking management and maintenance will be determined.

The process to analyze a GID will occur in 2020 alongside creating a strategy to meet the Area Plan’s goals for parking and access. This information will be used to inform both the housing and office development.

The Area Plan includes goals, objectives and strategy related to energy and sustainability in alignment with the city’s Climate Commitment. The city recently hired engineering firm WSP to perform an energy feasibility analysis. The study will determine whether the site can be “net-zero,” producing as much energy on-site as it uses, while also delivering affordable energy solutions for the future site occupants. For more information on the feasibility analysis, check out the city’s press release  on the topic.

The city has already accomplished energy goals on the Alpine-Balsam site. Renovation of the Brenton building was completed in 2018 and demonstrated early successes on the site by consolidating a fragmented department into one building and converting one of the city’s worst energy performing buildings into a now near net-zero energy consuming building. The intent is to use the practices and lessons from the Brenton building toward the Pavilion building reuse project. 

Overall on the Alpine-Balsam site, all of the concrete structures are being repurposed and reused which represents more than 40% of the total existing building square footage on the site and represents the most embodied energy.

Additionally, the city is working to sustainably deconstruct the remaining steel structures on the site.  These represent less embodied carbon, and it is anticipated that landfill diversion rates above 95% can be achieved. Staff is working to reuse building materials in creative ways on other municipal projects. 

The city has a great opportunity as the sole, current property owner to incorporate energy efficient and sustainable practices into the physical and non-physical elements of the site. For example, practices such as green infrastructure, flood mitigation, healthy building practices, and other common development efforts can be planned for and implemented through the city’s development and passed on to housing partners for implementation. All development on the site will be designed to meet the City’s future 2030 net zero energy code objectives.

City Council approved the deconstruction of the main hospital building on May 16, 2019. The scope of the project includes deconstructing the entirety of the hospital building and deconstructing the interior of the Medical Office Pavilion making it ready for renovation as city office space. Currently, the city is working on interior deconstruction of the Pavilion building while awaiting completion of federal environmental assessment requirements for the hospital building. There are two major phases of the project:

  • Interior deconstruction (2020): prioritizes reuse of all building components and materials ahead of recycling and landfilling. This phase will include hazardous materials abatement, and removal of all interior contents of the building leaving just the structure and exterior walls and roof once completed.

  • Exterior deconstruction (2021): deconstruction of the exterior of the building and structure; temporary patching of exterior holes left to the Pavilion office building (if needed); soils remediation (if necessary); and site grading.

More information about deconstruction is available  here

The Alpine-Balsam site and nearby areas are impacted by the 100-year floodplain, high-hazard and conveyance flood zones. The current approach to flood mitigation for the site is to reconfigure the 100-year floodplain to convey the water in a channel along Balsam Avenue. This will allow and be necessary for the affordable housing outcomes onsite, and to remove city services located in the Pavilion from the floodplain.

The city has hired a consulting firm to engineer the flood mitigation solution and facilitate the federal FEMA process (known as a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) and Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) process) to redraw the floodplain map. The schedule for the engineering and federal process will be influenced by the consultant’s guidance, though it is anticipated that a CLOMR may be submitted toward the end of 2020. This will be the first opportunity to confirm if the mitigation solution is enough for FEMA’s needs, which then will allow the city to transition to mitigation construction.

The consolidation and relocation of city facilities was a primary motivation during the purchase of Alpine-Balsam. The Brenton building was renovated in 2018 and now houses the Finance department which provides sales tax and licensing services to the community from this location among other services. The adjacent parking structure currently serves city staff and customers of the Brenton building but will also supply parking for the Pavilion as well in the future. The collection of buildings and structures will form the Western City Campus at Alpine-Balsam.

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. The design process will begin in 2020, followed by site review and permitting, and it is anticipated that construction will begin in 2022, but is dependent on other infrastructure work, including flood mitigation.

As the owner of the hospital site, the city can have significant influence over the affordable housing outcomes. Staff expects to approach affordable housing implementation in a similar manner as the redevelopment of 30Pearl.

During this process variables such as the housing market, financing options and likely partnerships will start to inform the mix of rental and ownership units; zoning will influence the mix of housing types such as townhomes, small or larger stacked buildings. These outcomes will also be guided by the vision for housing in the Area Plan. This approach allows the market and affordable housing to be designed to complement each other and the surrounding neighborhood. Construction for the affordable and market-rate housing can be roughly concurrent, because a large portion of the local funding needed will be made available at the time of entitlement and construction through the market homes on the site.

Staff’s first steps in 2020 will be to further the physical and financial testing that began in the Area Plan to understand feasibility and potential options that are available. Another key work item in the beginning stages of analysis will be to evaluate delivery options, though a master-development approach similar to other successful Boulder projects like the Holiday Neighborhood and Boulder Junction will likely be followed.

To be eligible for federal (Housing and Urban Development, “HUD”) funding for the future housing development, another critical step in 2020 is to complete an environmental assessment (EA), which is a requirement at the beginning of a redevelopment project that intends to use federal funding in the future. This assessment intersects with other environmental testing already performed or anticipated, such as soils and groundwater testing and hazardous materials abatement. Performing the EA now qualifies the city or its housing partner to apply and receive federal funds in the future.



Implementation Resources

Why did the City of Boulder purchase the Alpine Balsam site?

The city purchased the site for several reasons. First, the site is important to the community and a rare opportunity to help ensure that future redevelopment fits the community’s vision and goals. In addition, the site offers a key opportunity to create a consolidated customer service center that will co-locate key city services, improving access and better serving the community.

Which properties are included in the purchase?

Altogether, the properties represent approximately 8.8 acres of land area; over 355,000 square feet of existing building space; and a four-story parking structure as well as large surface parking areas. The properties include the hospital building and other nearby structures. A total of five of the property sites are involved in the sale. By address, these sites include 1155 Alpine Ave., 2655 Broadway St., 1136 Alpine Ave., 1125 North St. and 1135 North St. The buildings continue to house medical uses and related activities, although overall utilization of the property has been reduced since BCH relocated its emergency room and acute care functions to its Foothills campus location.

What is an area plan?

Area plans allow for developing a common understanding of the expected changes, defining desired characteristics that should be preserved or enhanced and identifying achievable implementation methods. Area plans provide a link between the broad policies of the comprehensive plan and more detailed zoning, development review and capital improvement programming decisions. The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan provides further information on   area plans

What are the goals of this project?

The goals for the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan are based on the goals and principles established in the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan and include:

A. Create vibrant, beautiful spaces for community life, with a mix of uses, that respect the physical environment and enhance the neighborhood.

B. Provide a welcoming and accessible centralized hub for city services, which is also flexible and can adapt to support a variety of community uses.

C. Create diverse and affordable housing.

D. Implement a comprehensive multi-modal access and parking strategy that provides safe and convenient connections to, from, and within the area.

E. Integrate environmentally sustainable strategies into the layout and function of the public realm and built environment.

F. Create a place that reflects input from all interested city residents, property and business owners, as well as future residents and visitors.

G. Create an Area Plan that balances city and community needs with physical, economic and financial feasibility to ensure responsible use of community resources.

Why are city facilities included in the redevelopment of the Alpine-Balsam site? Is there a benefit to residents and customers?

Currently, city services are distributed across the community, at several different sites, and in both leased and owned facilities. The dispersed approach presents a challenge for the community to access the city services especially when the customer has multiple business transactions and may need to visit two or more separate locations. Additionally, the distribution of services does not maximize the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of city facility operations and maintenance. New and/or renovated buildings could advance achievements toward climate goals for city facilities, be models of sustainability and energy efficiency, enable more efficient operation and maintenance of facilities and relieve major maintenance backlog projects in buildings slated for consolidation.

The Alpine-Balsam site is envisioned as a centralized customer service hub, a place to conduct daily business with the city. Centralizing city services at Alpine-Balsam also helps achieve goals identified in the Civic Area Masterplan to deconstruct Park Central and New Britain, two buildings located in the high hazard floodplain. Other city services focusing on civic engagement will be located in the Civic Area, which is less than 1 mile from the Alpine-Balsam site. This provides an opportunity to consolidate city services between two locations near each other.

Will the Boulder County facilities at Iris and Broadway move to the Alpine-Balsam site?

Some of the facilities could move, but it is premature to say if they will. The possibility of relocating some of the county facilities on the Alpine-Balsam site is being analyzed along with other use options during the area plan process.

How do floodplain regulations affect the area and what can be built?

A portion of the site is within the 100-year floodplain. This will impact numerous aspects of future design including:

  • Design: in certain location, five feet of floodproofing is required, which may have impacts on the visual character of the area and activation of the ground floor

  • Buildings: All new structures will be required to meet or exceed the city’s existing flood standards

  • Flood mitigation measures for Upper Goose Creek are being considered as part of this process and will inform the Goose Creek Flood Mitigation Plan.

Will future development on this site go over the city's 55' height limit?

No. All development will meet adopted regulations and codes.

How do we pay for this?

The city is incorporating this question into the area plan process to understand the future development’s feasibility – economically and financially. As we explore uses with the community for the area, we’ll also explore the economic factors that impact the uses and the financial mechanisms available to implement them.

There are multiple ways to finance uses (such as housing, retail, office space, etc.) and elements (public features, infrastructure, etc.) that may be identified in the area plan. Throughout the process, we’ll learn more about what works best for Boulder and the community. In general, common types of financing includes:

* Public-private partnerships

* Sale of portions of city-owned parcels on the site

* Other city resources

* New tax

* Other financial mechanisms

The financing examples mentioned here may not ultimately work for funding these projects or it may require a combination of these and others to accomplish the projects. The process to determine what will work includes an evaluation of the surrounding market and economic conditions, financial projections of proposed uses, and engagement with the community, city boards, and City Council. The goal is to create an area plan that is financially viable to implement achieving a combination of the following objectives:

* Establish a structure that recoups the city’s current or future investment in land, infrastructure, city facilities or other city investments

* Establish ways to make a return that reinvests in community benefits

* Explores partnership opportunities

As the area plan development progresses, we will provide more information to the community regarding economic and financial analysis and strategy.

Review   responses   to additional questions from the community on Be Heard Boulder

Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020

Presentation to City Council on project implementation and an update on the City-County Work    ing Group. View the meeting materials including the:

  • Sign-up  or the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan and Site e-newsletter to receive project updates.
  • Sign-up for the city’s planning e-newsletter to receive city-wide planning updates.

Past Editions



Area Plan and Archived Information

The Alpine-Balsam Area Plan provides guidance for future development of the site and surrounding area. The Area Plan process took place from spring 2018 through fall 2019 and included a range of community engagement events to help shape the final plan.

The Area Plan process was guided by the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan and provided greater detail on the desired character and scale, land uses and location of streets, paths, parking, public spaces and public buildings. The Area Plan addresses the economic and financial viability of development options to ensure the site development is feasible and will contribute to the city’s vision.

Area plans bridge the gap between the broad community goals established in the  Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan  and the detailed city review of individual development projects and capital improvements decisions.

Area plans help develop common understanding of the desired future development of an area including expected changes, desired characteristics, and achievable implementation methods. The Area Plan will be guided by the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan but will provide a greater level of detail on desired  character  and  scale, land uses, and the location of  streets, paths, parking, public spaces and public facilities . The area plan will also address the economic and financial viability of the development options to ensure the site development is feasible and will contribute to the city’s prosperity.


From fall 2016 through spring 2017, the city worked with the community to develop a Vision Plan for the city-purchased site, also known as Alpine-Balsam. The Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan is intended to guide the transformation of the site; it identifies the desired future for Alpine-Balsam and its surroundings, with Guiding Principles to inform future planning and development.

Download the Vision Plan

The Vision Plan process explored the potential of the site and asked about the community’s hopes, concerns and vision for the future of Alpine-Balsam. Residents participated in a variety of community engagement activities that included community workshops, an open house, pop-up events, and various opportunities for online input. Through this outreach, it was clear that Alpine-Balsam is a thriving neighborhood described as having many of the conveniences of city life within walking distance including shops, restaurants, medical services, a neighborhood school, and the North Boulder Park for recreation. However, with the closing of the hospital, some have expressed concern about the loss of activity. The input gathered throughout the Vision Plan process helped to generate a vision the  “Alpine-Balsam will be a vibrant multi-generational hub for community life and local government services—a welcoming and inclusive new model for equitable, affordable, and sustainable living.”

The Vision Plan was a first step in the planning process for Alpine-Balsam, and will be followed by more detailed Area Plan process. 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.

On June 6, 2017, Boulder City Council accepted the Vision Plan and guiding principles to inform future planning and development. Each guiding principle is further supported by strategies that identify “what” will be addressed and performance criteria that identify “how” the principles will be supported. Community input helped form the backbone for each of these components in the Vision Plan.

Guiding Principle No.1: Respect the Site's Physical Environment

Alpine-Balsam will enhance the neighborhood with quality design and improved connections to the site and neighborhood destinations. To do so, the future plan will address design quality and character, neighborhood connections and crossings, creek, floodplain and watershed issues, and exterior lighting.

Guiding Principle No.2: Create a Vibrant Place for Community Gathering

Alpine-Balsam will become a center of community activity along Boulder's most important transit corridor, with active destinations for shopping, gathering and community services. Streets, sidewalks, plazas and ground floor spaces should be developed carefully to create an active and walkable urban fabric, with varied and defined open spaces and places for arts, culture and multi-generational activities.

Guiding Principle No.3: Capture Synergies with Mixed-Use

Alpine-Balsam will be developed as a vibrant mixed-use place, with a mix of uses designed to capture synergies-residents will access a range of goods and services that support basic living, transit to and from work, and access to parks and recreation within a 15-minute walk-- and commercial and public uses will increase daytime activity supporting retail, transit and other amenities. Economic analysis is needed to inform detailed decisions about the types and quantities of uses.

Guiding Principle No.4: Serve as a Model for Equity, Affordability and Sustainability

Alpine-Balsam will be a model of affordable and sustainable living in Boulder, and will set and meet social equity goals for design, construction and operations. Affordable housing, high performance buildings, multimodal transportation and local business support are key strategies for affordable living. buildings and site development will demonstrate best-practices sustainable design with respect to energy, water, waste, materials and ecosystems.

Guiding Principle No.5: Innovate Planning, Design and Delivery Processes

Alpine-Balsam is an exemplar as it poses an opportunity for Boulder to manifest its vision and values. Embrace innovative processes for engaging the community, leveraging expertise, reviewing and adapting city standards, financing and project delivery, and developing sustainable urbanism.

In December 2015, the City of Boulder purchased 8.8-acres of property from Boulder Community Health. The properties include the entire hospital campus site at 1100 Balsam Ave. (the corner of Balsam Avenue and Broadway), as well as two properties on Alpine Avenue and two small properties on North Street.

BCH Site

Learn more about the Alpine-Balsam site »

Alpine Balsam red for regulating a flood. It has outlets for releasing the flows during the floods and is dry most of the time.

Phase 1 - Conceptual Designs (May-Sept. 2018)

Developed 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. - July 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. 

Phase 4 - Feedback on Draft Area Plan (June - Sept. 2019)

Solicit feedback from community members, advisory boards, and City Council on draft area plan. 

2021 Engagement Opportunities

The city will host a public webinar in March 2 021 to present the energy feasibility analysis currently being conducted to identify options to achieve net-zero at the Alpine-Balsam site. Look for an email from us with an invitation to the webinar once a date has been set. 

Engagement priorities for 2021 include:
  • Flood mitigation design
  • Energy feasibility analysis
  • Rezoning and form-based code (a tool to improve design outcomes and to create more predictability)
  • Western City Campus development.
The city is developing an engagement plan for these projects that will combine informative and consultational levels of engagement. Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming community engagement!

Key communications and engagement objectives 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 inclusively though the process with diverse participation.
  • Develop an innovative process that is creative and fun.

Through open houses, workshops, tours and online, community members have shared their vision and preferred outcomes for the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan through four phases of community engagement: 


June - September 2019: Emails & Engagement Summary

June – September 2019: Preferred Design & Draft Plan (Phase IV)

Solicit feedback from community members, advisory boards, and City Council on draft area plan. Click here for full summary of  Phase 4: Community Feedback   .

June - July 2019: Open Houses and Walking Tours (Phase IV)

Staff hosted a series of open houses, two walking tours and an online feedback from on

January – July 2019: Preferred Design & Draft Plan (Phase III)

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. Click here for full summary of  Phase 3: Community Feedback   .

January - February 2019: Emails & Engagement Summary

​January – February 2019: Community Workshops (Phase III)


October - December 2018: 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. Click here for full summary of  Phase 2: Engagement Summary    

March to August 2018: Initial Engagement (Phase I)


December 2017: Staff Chat at Vic's Coffee and North Boulder Rec

The Alpine-Balsam team met with community members to discuss what will be happening in the next phase of Alpine-Balsam's redevelopment and to hear thoughts, feedback and questions from the community.

October - November 2017: Alpine- Balsam Engagement Questionnaire

Over 200 members of the community responded to a questionnaire on how they would like to be engaged in this project. Results are available here and will inform a draft community engagement plan for this project.

Jan. 18, 2017: Community Workshop

At this community workshop, participants brainstormed how the site might be redeveloped through hands-on activities. They considered questions like: What’s the right mix of uses for the Alpine-Balsam site? How much affordable housing, green space, retail space or other uses should be there? Where should city facilities be located?


September - October 2016: Pop-Up Events:  Pop-Up Events were created to share the Alpine-Balsam Visioning effort with both the surrounding neighborhoods and the broader community. The Pop-Up Events were designed to intercept folks in various locations to provide project information and gather input into the early phases of the work, including visioning, neighborhood values and civic uses.

Spring - Summer 2016: Storytelling:  In the spring and summer of 2016, members of the community shared memories, hopes, history, and ideas to capture the history and character of areas surrounding the BCH-Broadway campus.

Sept. 8. 2016: Community Visioning:  The Community Visioning Workshop included multiple activities for community members to share ideas, insights, and perspectives.

General Resources


Oct 1, 2019:  City Council adopted the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan with no changes. View the  Alpine-Balsam Area Plan memo - Oct. 1 meeting     

Aug, 27, 2019:  Alpine-Balsam Area Plan memo - August 27, 2019 meeting    

August 2019:  Alpine-Balsam Draft Area Plan - August 2019  

July 2019:  The July 2019  open house boards  and  Key Topics Booklet      provide information on housing, the neighborhood, access and mobility, flood mitigation and more. This information has been refined in the draft plan.

May 16, 2019: City Council Special Meeting:  council directed staff to continue with the deconstruction of the hospital and to move forward with the area plan.  You can watch the meeting.

February 2018:  You can review recent  Planning Board    and  City Council  memos.


Nov. 13, 2018: City Council Study Session on Area Plan Scenarios: City staff shared scenarios for the Alpine-Balsam site and provided information on the hospital deconstruction process. 

Oct. 25, 2018: Joint Board Session:  City staff shared scenarios for the Alpine-Balsam site at a joint board meeting.

Jan. 9, 2018: City Council Study Session:  Area planning for the Alpine-Balsam site (and nearby surrounding areas), the potential reuse of the existing Medical Pavilion on the Alpine-Balsam site, and the financing and partnership analysis and strategy that will be developed in coordination with the planning efforts.


Aug. 22, 2017: City Council Study Session:  2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive (BVCP) Implementation: Action Plan including Discussion of Building Height (up to City Charter 55-foot limit), Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and Subcommunity and Area Planning for Alpine-Balsam

Jun. 6, 2017: City Council Agenda Item:  Acceptance of the Central Broadway Corridor Design Framework and Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan

May 2, 2017: City Council Agenda Item:  Central Broadway Corridor Design Framework and the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan

Feb. 28, 2017: City Council Study Session:  Central Broadway Corridor Design Framework, Alpine-Balsam Project, Reuse of the Medical Office Pavilion, and City Facilities Assessment


Nov. 15, 2016: City Council Agenda Item: Update and Council Input on Central Boulder Planning Projects: Alpine-Balsam, Civic Area, and City Facilities Assessment