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State Board Delays Vote On Proposed Charter School For Broad Ripple High School

Messy roads under a deluge of wet spring snow didn't stop more than 100 citizens from packing the Municipal Building on Thursday night for a nearly four-hour public hearing on the proposal to house chronically homeless young adults in downtown Boulder.

The Planning Board was finally set to vote on the project, after about a year and a half of often-spirited community debate. Anticipating a lot of citizen input, the board started its meeting an hour early on Thursday, but public comment still lasted until after 11 p.m.

Because of the late hour, the board decided to postpone its deliberation and vote to May 30 at 6 p.m.

The development up for approval would bring a three-story building to what is currently a surface parking lot at 1440 Pine St. The land for the project is being donated by First United Methodist Church, which owns the entire block, to the local nonprofit Attention Homes.

All other structures on the block, including Lucile's Creole Café and the current Out Boulder County headquarters, would be landmarked as a condition of project approval.

The building would contain 31,000 square feet, of which most would go toward 40 apartments for chronically homeless people between the ages of 18 and 24. About 3,000 square feet would be used for Attention Homes offices, while another 1,000 would be used for a "grab-and-go" café.


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