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Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction

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

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Upcoming Event

Boulder Junction Open House

Thursday, Aug. 13  ●  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  ●  Junction Place Plaza  ●  3151 Pearl Parkway

Speakers and project dedication at 4:45 p.m., followed by tours of the new RTD bus facility, Flatiron Flyer bus, Depot Square development, Junction Place, Pearl Parkway multiway boulevard, Solana apartments, and Hyatt Place hotel.

Please bike or bus to Boulder Junction, as public parking will be limited. RTD Bus Schedules

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

Construction and Traffic Cameras

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.

Construction Projects Camera

The construction camera is located at the Boulder Junction site. 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 Multiuse Path - 30th Street to 3100 Pearl

Project Overview

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.

Project Phases

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 involves construction of 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.

Construction has been completed.

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 will construct a new bridge linking Junction Place on the north and south sides of Goose Creek, including connections to the Goose Creek path. Construction began in late November 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in late April 2015.

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 will include 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 will range from $1,100 to $1,300, and eligible annual incomes will be approximately $40,400 to $46,100

The property will be managed by ComCap Property Management. Lease-up is expected to begin 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 Hyatt Place Hotel, on the northeast corner of Junction Place and Pearl Parkway, is currently under construction with an expected opening date in early 2015. A portion of the new parking structure is expected to be completed and opened to the public at that time. Work on the rest of the parking structure, RTD bus station and housing will continue into spring 2015.

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 for 363 vehicles. 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 will have parking available 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. Once completed, the central portion of the Pearl Parkway multiway boulevard will provide two lanes of vehicular traffic in each direction, separated by a planted median. Secondary, tree-lined medians will separate the vehicular traffic lanes from more pedestrian- and bike-oriented spaces on either side. These spaces will be shared with slow-moving cars, include on-street parking, and provide access to high-density residential and commercial developments.

Two Bike-travel Options
Cyclists will be 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 will own and operate 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 Transit Village Area Plan pdf (TVAP) was adopted by City Council on Sept. 18, 2007. Since then, the Transit Village has been renamed Boulder Junction and the following changes have been made:
  • in May 2009, new zone districts and other code changes were approved by City Council;
  • in July 2010, two General Improvement Districts (GIDs) were approved for the Phase 1 area of Boulder Junction and some properties were rezoned;
  • stormwater guidelines, Junction Place bridge design guidelines, and a Public Arts Master Plan were approved in 2010;
  • 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,
  • 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
  • in 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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