Jewish Community Center plans advance
Last Updated: 16:38 October 22, 2013
Plans for the Boulder Jewish Community Center's new 52,500-square-foot building are to go before the city's planning board for site and use reviews on Thursday night. The project is part of a larger area owned by the Oreg Foundation dubbed Cherryvale Commons, a 32-acre parcel of vacant land at the southeast corner of Arapahoe and Cherryvale roads.
As part of Thursday's review, the Oreg Foundation will be seeking annexation and zoning by the city of the 18.2 acres of the land that sit outside city limits.
The Oreg Foundation purchased the Cherryvale Commons land in 2000 with the intent of facilitating nonprofit usages. Multiple iterations of concept plans have existed over the years. The Oreg Foundation has donated about 9.5 acres to the Boulder JCC for its new building. The rest of the land is divided into one chunk for other future development and one parcel of open space.
The JCC's capital campaign, which began in 2010, has exceeded its goal of $18 million to cover construction of the new building as well as support of some ongoing operational expenses.
"It definitely seems tangible," Jonathan Lev, executive director of the JCC, said recently. "This has been an idea, a vision, documents on paper. Now it's going to the planning board and the city council. It really is a tangible thing that is exciting."
The JCC began as a preschool 25 years ago. It is open to all in the community and now houses the preschool as well as offering cultural programming and other activities that serve all ages and cultures. The building on Kalmia Avenue includes about 15,000 square feet.
The new building will allow the JCC to expand the preschool, add infant care to its early childhood center and increase other community offerings. It will include an events hall, classroom space and a fitness center with a gym.
"The biggest thing with this project is we've worked very hard to ensure that it is a project that serves the community, works well with the neighborhood and brings great programs and services to the community," Lev said.
If the project receives the planning board's nod of approval, it would go before city council for at least two readings, including a public hearing. Then technical documents and building permits would need to be secured.
Once the entitlement process is complete, Lev said, the JCC would break ground on its new building, although he and other JCC staff members hesitate to set a target date for groundbreaking. Lev did, however, say that, once started, construction will take about a year.
RB+B Architects Inc. in Fort Collins is designing the building.
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