The Boulder campus of the University of Colorado, with nearly 36,000 students - up from 29,000 a decade ago - is making plans to build new housing facilities on land it owns.
The housing, which has been talked about for several years now, is planned for development on just under 130 acres, and will include an additional 30 acres to be set aside for community playing fields.
As discussed, the new development will see apartments and/or townhouses built within a village-style setting, with none of the structures being taller than 55 feet.
The housing would be set aside specifically for upper-level students, faculty, and members of the university’s staff.
Additional structures over time could include small-scale research or educational facilities that would be available for use by both the university as well as the surrounding community.
In a press release, the university has also said that it is committed to “designing buildings to protect and complement the city’s mountain views and to model future resiliency and sustainability.”
University officials are currently in the process of negotiating with the City of Boulder in the hope that the city will annex the nearly 130 acres.
That annexation would then allow the school to connect to city utilities, roads, and multiuse paths.
Members of the Boulder City Council are currently studying the possibility of agreeing to a flood mitigation effort with the university for the land in question, which both city and school officials hope will be announced in the coming weeks.
By Garry Boulard
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