Quick (or maybe not) call-up item for an older adult affordable housing community by BHP.

3485 Stanford Ct (Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church)
60 apartments for older adults
- 56 one-bedroom
- 4 two-bedroom

Staff presentation: documents.bouldercolorado.gov/WebLink/DocVie…
Slight height variance being requested, as well as a reduction in bike parking.

Planning Board OK’d 5-0
I wrote about how much BoCo needs senior housing WAY back in 2017: dailycamera.com/2017/09/29/min…
Stay here long enough as a reporter, and you'll cover everything. Probably more than once.
There is nothing new under the sun.
*In Boulder
Swetlik q: I know one of the concerns was the access to the site from Table Mesa. Especially bc this is senior housing; there may be more ambulance traffic than in other projects. What considerations were given to those concerns?
Planner Sloane Walbert: It's been reviewed by the fire marshal to make sure an emergency vehicle can get through the site.
Swetlik: Are there any planned improvements to the road/lights/access, etc.
Walbert: None at this time, but we can revisit that once it's been redeveloped.
Swetlik: Will community members still have access to the gardens there?
Ian Swallow from BHP: We're moving those so they'll be more central in the site. A portion will be available to the community.
Swetlik: Any plan to keep open a social trail/path that goes to the north of the property?
Swallow: "It is certainly not going to be shuttered. That path will remain."
And will be improved
Wallach asks about the height variance.
This area's limit is 35 ft. The project is going above that (by like 12-18 in) so they can do sloped roofs and more closely match existing buildings.
Wallach: Will 59 parking spots be enough? Are some of those designated for residents, or shared among them, staff and visitors?
Swallow: We see 0.6 cars per unit at our other senior communities. So that's 36 spots for residents. Adding in other analysis, we think peak demand will be 45 spaces.
"We typically do not see high car ownership" at our other senior sites, Swallow says.
Also 45 indoor, secured bike parking spaces plus "several" outdoor bike parking spaces, Swallow says. "It's not typical that our senior residents are biking."
But BHP is providing some because of trends in e-biking.
That was in response to a Friend q. Here's another: Where would you add bike parking if you need it?

Swallow: There's some room on the terrace. But we often see ppl keeping bikes in their unit.
Wow. 1BR units here are ~700 sq ft
My 3BR is, like, 1,100.
But I have noticed in my reporting that what older people consider small is VERY dif from what younger people consider small.
Small to me = 300 sq ft
Small to older adults I've interviewed: ~1,200 sq ft
Anyway, no council desire to call this up, so the Planning Board approval stands.
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