The Future of East Boulder
East Boulder is one of the city’s primary employment centers, with many local businesses specializing in scientific, research and technology sectors. The area also includes construction industry professionals and warehousing and small-scale manufacturing. It is a mix of businesses, including many Boulder Chamber members, that characterize the diversity and innovative spirit of the Boulder economy.
In our discussions with Boulder Chamber members in the area, we’ve heard of their interest in seeing that part of our community redevelop in a manner that provides complimentary residential living opportunities and retails services. We also recognize opportunity East Boulder offers to address critical workforce housing and transportation issues. It was with these goals in mind that we partnered with the Boulder Area REALTOR® Association to engage an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel in envisioning future development for the area along Arapahoe Road, east of 55th Street. The result was this plan for “Boulder’s New ‘East Edge.’”
In response to this catalyst from the Boulder business community and given the growth and potential for the area, the city is beginning to give more focused consideration to how East Boulder will evolve going forward. They recently created a 21-member Subcommunity Plan Working Group to help shape that vision and develop a subcommunity plan which will help set the stage for evolution and innovation in East Boulder. The group will work alongside the city’s planning team to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of stakeholders in the subcommunity; identify potential solutions to area issues and define paths towards implementation for plan recommendations. A number of Boulder Chamber members will be part of the Working Group along with Lori Call, our Senior Director of Policy Programs.
We look forward to collaborating with City of Boulder planning staff and other area representatives advancing positive redevelopment for East Boulder that complements our existing business activity and meets other important housing and mobility goals. For more information, contact Lori Call, Senior Director of Policy Programs, at Lori.Call@BoulderChamber.com or 303.938.2084.