This project went significantly over budget, mostly due to land costs. But apologies; I don't know the final numbers! It's been. along time since I reported on this.
Thanks to Wallach for asking cost info: $675 per sq ft, says Adam Goldstone. $20M in construction costs ... that doesn't include what the city paid for land, which I believe is what put them over budget.
Which was $9M (I wrote this for the Camera in 2018)…
This story has some original numbers in it. Estimated cost at the time: $18M — which was $5.5M over the *original* budget (so.. $12.5M)
We're now at $29M, so that's more than TWICE over the original budget. Whoo, boy.
Anyway, council not calling this up, and we're on a five-min break. See you for the Macy's item, up next.

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Actually, I'll add one more tweet: Boulder needs to relocate two more fire stations. It's estimated $20M for EACH of those, which now seems low.

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6 Jan
Another big issue (always) is traffic. Transportation study projects a 1,542 reduction in daily vehicle trips (91 more in the morning rush hour but 93 less in the evening rush hour; less throughout the day) when this changes from primarily retail.
Forgot to say the retail on-site will be a marketplace, a la Avanti or Rosetta Hall, called Marketplace @ 29th.

And there will be below-market commercial space
Staff is recommending that council approve the project, with conditions. Planning Board's conditions were: submission of more detailed plans related to outdoor lighting, paying for employee eco-passes, utilities, landscaping, shadow analysis, etc.
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OK, Macy's. This got moved from Dec. 1 bc not all the council members were here, and a tie vote may have meant a disapproval of the project (and potentially a lawsuit)…
A tie vote is definitely a possibility. Planning Board OK'd it 4-3.
Reminder on what's being proposed:
1900 28th Street
Adaptive reuse and redesign
11,746 sq ft addition plus outdoor space, landscaping and public amenities
Want to increase building height from 38 feet to 51 feet (two to three stories)
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Lots of new (to me) names on open comment tonight. Generally a good sign. I like a little variety in public participation.…
Oh, it's more Boulder Rez people.
"Unless you live in a fantasy land, there will be intoxicated drivers" and deaths, says Roger Pioszak.

(The new restaurant/bar there has applied for a liquor license.)
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6 Jan
I think business related. They're calling it "the five-star program."
Weaver: I took an action that could be interpreted as on behalf of council, during the break.
Ah, OK, it's where biz can show they are meeting safety guidelines so they can open up in greater capacity:….
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6 Jan
COVID briefing. Presentation here:…
Jeff Zayach, BoCo Public Health: "We're certainly hoping 2021 is going to be a better year."
He'll be joined later by Chris Campbell, BCPH's emergency manager, to talk vaccines.
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Welcome back from break, #Boulder. First council meeting of 2021. Just like the everything else in America, I wouldn't expect much change from 2020.
Slightly subdued tonight, so I wouldn't expect much snark from me. But you never know.

Thank you all for your many kind words about Sydney. She would have been ... completely indifferent. Which is as it should be.
Tonight we've got: monthly COVID briefing, a public hearing on Macy's plans for reuse/redevelopment, and a CU South update.
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