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Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction (previously known as Transit Village pdf) is a 160-acre redevelopment area that is being transformed into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces that will benefit the entire community.

Boulder Junction Redevelopment

For construction and traffic information, visit www.boulderconezones.net, follow @boulderconezone on Twitter, and/or sign up for the Boulder Planning email list.

Projects in Italics are funded, in part or in full, by the 2011 voter-approved Capital Improvement Bond.

Traffic Camera

The traffic camera is located at the intersection of 30th and Pearl streets. The image automatically refreshes every 30 seconds in JavaScript-enabled Web browsers. If the image does not appear to be changing, select the refresh button on your Web browser to manually refresh the image.

The City of Boulder does not archive or retain any of the images from this camera. The City of Boulder reserves the right to suspend public access to camera images at any time.

Boulder Slough Multi-use Path - 30th Street to 3100 Pearl

Project constructs a 10-foot wide multi-use path along the Boulder Slough from 30th Street to 3100 Pearl, including a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing the Boulder Slough. Signage and wayfinding with destinations and distances, along with 20 bicycle parking spaces within 1/2 mile of the project will also be constructed as part of the project.

  • 2016: Initiate environmental
  • 2016: Initiate design
  • 2017: Initiate Right-of-way
  • 2018: Initiate construction

Open to the public in 2019.

Pearl Parkway Multiway Boulevard (North Side, 30th Street to BNSF Railroad) and
Multi-use Path (North Side, BNSF Railroad to Foothills Parkway)

This project constructed a new multiway boulevard on the north side of Pearl Parkway between 30th Street and the BNSF railroad; and a new multi-use path along the north side of Pearl Parkway between 30th Street and Foothills Parkway.

View the Pearl Parkway Community & Environmental Assessment Process (CEAP) Report pdf.

Before Construction

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Pearl Parkway Multiway Boulevard (South Side, 30th Street to BNSF Railroad)

This Capital Improvement Bond-funded project was completed in phases to coordinate with the adjacent private development project at 3100 Pearl Parkway.

  • The section between Junction Place and the BNSF railroad was completed in May 2014.
  • The section between 30th Street and Junction Place was completed in October 2013.

Before, During and After Construction

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Junction Place Bridge at Goose Creek

This Capital Improvement Bond-funded project constructed a new bridge linking Junction Place on the north and south sides of Goose Creek, including connections to the Goose Creek path.

Junction Place Bridge

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RTD Depot Square at 3151 Pearl Parkway - Private Development Project

In October 2011, the Planning Board gave approval for development of the RTD Depot Square at Boulder Junction. Depot Square will serve as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that includes an underground RTD bus station, new hotel, affordable apartment complex, a managed parking structure, restaurant or pub within the restored Boulder Jaycees Depot, and open plaza.

Affordable Housing
Depot Square, located at 3175 Pearl St., features 71 affordable rental housing units, offering a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 780 to 1,080 square feet. Estimated rents range from $1,100 to $1,300, and eligible annual incomes are approximately $40,400 to $46,100.

The property is managed by ComCap Property Management. Lease-up began in spring 2015.

For questions about the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, please contact Beth Roberts at 303-441-1828 or Michelle Allen at 303-441-4076.

Hyatt Place Hotel
The new 150-room Hyatt Place hotel, on the northeast corner of Junction Place and Pearl Parkway, is completed and open.

Bus Services at Boulder Junction

With the opening of the new RTD transit station on August 16, 2015, you’ll see several bus stop and routing changes.  

Routes HX and S will serve the new transit station and pick-up and drop-off passengers underground in the new bus facility.

Route 206 will serve Boulder Junction on-street along Pearl Parkway.

In January 2016, the new Flatiron Flyer service will begin service to Boulder Junction as well as the downtown transit station. The new Flatiron Flyer service will replace the existing routes HX and S. Existing route 206 will begin to serve the underground transit facility to provide quick and easy connections to the new Flatiron Flyer services. Other existing routes, such as 205, FLEX, and BOLT will also serve Boulder Junction on-street along Pearl Parkway.

The City of Boulder is also offering tours of the Boulder Junction district to community members. If you have questions or would like to participate in a tour, please contact Jean Sanson at sansonj@bouldercolorado.gov.

Solana at 3100 Pearl Parkway - Private Development Project

This private development includes a 319-unit apartment complex in four separate buildings and 8,112 square feet for seven retail spaces. There is also a two-level, partially below-ground, wrapped parking structure with 386 spaces. The site includes a recreation center, multi-use paths and a variety of interior courtyard spaces.

Construction was completed in late summer 2014, and is currently being filled with occupants. Visit www.solana3100pearl.com or call 888-966-8221 for additional information.

Parking

The Boulder Junction Access District was established to help manage on-street and off-street parking in the area. In addition, the Boulder Junction Transportation Demand Management District was established as a transportation-oriented development to provide multiple transportation options. Each resident and employee in the district is provided with an Eco Pass, Boulder B-Cycle membership and a car-share membership..

The district features on-street pay stations and pay-by-phone technology, similar to the paid parking in downtown Boulder and on University Hill. Parking customers can choose from several convenient payment options - coin, credit card, or pay-by-phone via the Parkmobile app. Paid parking is currently in place along Pearl Parkway and Junction Place, and is enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The new parking garage at Depot Square provides parking for the residents, hotel guests and employees, RTD passengers and staff, and paid parking for visitors.

Innovative and Sustainable Improvements

Boulder Junction Redevelopment Continues With Innovations Along Pearl Parkway

Funding from the 2011 voter-approved Capital Improvement Bond and a federal Transportation Improvement Program grant enables the city to integrate the following innovative and sustainable construction methods into the public improvements at Boulder Junction.

Pearl Parkway Multiway Boulevard and Multi-use Path Improvements
The new multiway boulevard balances high-volume vehicular traffic with safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians. The central portion of the Pearl Parkway multiway boulevard provides two lanes of vehicular traffic in each direction, separated by a planted median. Secondary, tree-lined medians separates the vehicular traffic lanes from more pedestrian- and bike-oriented spaces on either side. These spaces are shared with slow-moving cars, includes on-street parking, and provides access to high-density residential and commercial developments.

Two Bike-travel Options
Cyclists are able to travel through the area using the adjacent multi-use paths or the shared travel space for cyclists, pedestrians, and slow-moving vehicles on the north and south sides of the Pearl Parkway multiway boulevard.

LED Street Lighting
The City of Boulder owns and operates the light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting at Boulder Junction. The LED streetlights adjust to match changing light and traffic conditions and use 30 percent less energy than conventional street lighting, saving more than $1,300 per year. Additional cost savings are expected due to reduced maintenance and tuning of light levels.

Street Tree Installations with Silva Cells and On-street Parking with Permeable Pavement
The street tree installations and on-street parking areas along the Pearl Parkway multiway boulevard feature installations of Silva Cells and permeable pavements to support root growth through increased soil volume, extend tree life, enhance water quality, and decrease stormwater runoff. The permeable pavement allows the underlying soil to naturally absorb and filter water. The Silva Cells are modular below-grade structural support systems that create void spaces for topsoil, supporting both tree plantings and the surface pavement above.

Underground Utility Lines
To reduce the need for maintenance and improve views of the foothills, the overhead utility lines have been relocated underground along Pearl Parkway between the BNSF railroad and 30th street.

Transit Village Area Plan Planning Process

The vision for the future of the Boulder Junction area is guided by the Transit Village Area Plan pdf (TVAP), which was adopted in 2007.

  • May 2009 - new zone districts and other code changes were approved by City Council;
  • July 2010 - two General Improvement Districts (GIDs) were approved for the Phase 1 area of Boulder Junction and some properties were rezoned;
  • 2010 - stormwater guidelines, Junction Place bridge design guidelines, and a Public Arts Master Plan were approved;
  • 2011 - a number of physical improvements were made to 30th Street in 2011, including: new bike lanes on 30th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Pearl Street,
  • 2011 to 2015 - a new bridge and pedestrian/bicycle underpass on 30th Street at the Boulder Slough, and a new multi-use accessible path connection between the east side of 30th Street and the Goose Creek Greenway (for a complete list of improvements, see the July 31, 2012 City Council Memo pdf and July 31, 2012 Study Session Summary pdf); and
  • January 2012 - City Council heard and approved the TVAP Connections Plan Changes (Jan. 17, 2012 City Council Agenda Item pdf).

Contact

For development topics, call Elaine McLaughlin at 303-441-4130.

For transportation topics, call Noreen Walsh at 303-441-3266 or Comment on Boulder Junction.

Aerial Photos

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