Boulder civic area plan gets green light
Last Updated: 15:55 September 4, 2013
The plan approved Tuesday charts out a map to revitalization of much of the public space downtown bounded by Ninth and 17th streets on the west and east and Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue on the north and south. In addition, it sets guidelines for the mix of private uses the city would like to see in the area, as well as placing an emphasis on public-private partnerships.
“They were very enthusiastic,” Boulder senior urban designer Sam Asseffa said of council members.
The master plan calls for “bookends” at the east and west ends of the public-owned property, with the library and a potential performing arts center to the west and a revamped farmer’s market and potential public market hall between 13th and 14th streets.
Some of those plans are in the longer-term vision for the area over the next five to 10 years. However, the city will start implementing some aspects of the plan right away.
Assefa said some of the immediate, short-term improvements would include improving the plaza area between 13th and 14th for the farmer’s market, parking and crowd circulation. The city will also start looking at opening a new café in the north wing of the library, as well as building a playground in the park near the library.
The city will start working on partnerships with businesses and landowners, looking at possible incentives and other means of working together on various aspects of the area.
The other immediate element will be hiring someone to lead implementation of the master plan. Assefa said that person should be in place by January after budgets for next year are approved.
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