In a part of Colorado, where upwards of a quarter of the population are expected to be 65 years of age or older in the next several years, an effort is underway to build two new senior living projects.
The Boulder-based Rubicon Development, working with Academy Senior Living, also of Boulder, is already well along in the process of developing some 93 units especially for senior residents at the spacious site of the former Boulder Community Hospital.
Now, the same parties have announced plans for a second senior project, this one to go up on a 1.6-acre site in the central part of the city at 1665 33rd Street.
That property is the former home of the popular Fruehauf’s Patio, a nursery, garden, and patio supply store that earlier this year announced it was moving to nearby Westminster.
This newest project could see the construction of up to 100 affordable senior apartment units, as well as office, retail, and restaurant space.
According to city documents, the 33rd Street project would see the construction of two 5-story buildings, and up to 7500 square feet of office space.
Retail space at the site would comprise some 2,800 square feet, with 4,400 square feet designated as restaurant space. The project will also include a tree-lined courtyard.
Designed by the Coburn Architecture of Boulder, the structures will feature flat roofs, light brick exteriors, and steel detailing.
It is not yet known if an on-site greenhouse, designed by the late Boulder architect Hobart Wagener in 1978, will be incorporated into the development’s plans.
By Garry Boulard
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