Envisioning East Arapahoe has found its way back to the city’s agenda after being shelved for two years. Three main scenarios were created considering different goals and predictions of how the neighborhood will look in the future.
Scenario A is termed “Current Trends.” This scenario assumes East Arapahoe will continue having small industry, with few opportunities for new office or retail space. Additional residential buildings would be less likely to be built. In short, scenario A plans for the least change to our neighborhood.
Scenario B is termed “Districts.” Walnut East would extend to meet 48th St north Boulder Community Hospital with more medical related offices and possibly retail. The area below Gerald Stazio ballfields would become “Recycling Row”. Significant street alterations on Arapahoe including new intersections are planned to increase commuter throughput. The Arapahoe alterations aim to facilitate transportation modalities.
Scenario C is termed “Housing Choices.” Affordable housing is planned for between 55th & 63rd on Arapahoe. New housing would be built within a 15 minute walk from nearby shops and places of work. The BDT and surrounding grounds would become part of an “Art Center.” This plan includes the highest level of street alterations. New parks, community gardens, and public spaces are all planned for scenarios B & C.
The Transportation Plan is another aspect of the Envision East Arapahoe plan. This long term plan aims to increase all types of transportation on Arapahoe. The plan supports the Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan and the increasing number of commuters from Boulder’s supporting communities.
These plans are likely the most impactful Boulder City intervention in our neighborhood in a long time. Public meetings for these plans have not been set for the Envinsion East Arapahoe, so stay tuned. The city has yet to confirm any details on Envision East Arapahoe plan, but there is a public meeting for the Transportation Plan on February 2, 2017. The previous meeting was on December 5th. Those who want to have their voices heard on these matters can contact Adam at email@example.com to receive more details as they are available.