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Update: Planning Board Meeting on Attention Homes Affordable Housing Project Thursday, 5/18: Your Support is NEEDED
May 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our partnership with Attention Homes to build affordable housing for at-risk young adults on our church property is coming up for review by the Boulder Planning Board on Thursday, May 18. This meeting is a very important hurdle for our project, and your support is needed, both at the meeting and in the time leading up to it.
You can show your support for this much-needed housing project, which will be run by our friends and partners at Attention Homes, in one or both of the following ways:
1.) EMAIL the Boulder Planning Board
and voice your support for the project (keep reading for some talking points below).
2.) ATTEND the Planning Board hearing on Thursday, May 18, at the City Council Chambers. The expected start-time is roughly 5:00 pm, but please plan to arrive early to be sure you get inside (there tend to be more people than there is available space).
Here are some talking points you can personalize to show your support:
The project’s mission aligns with the mission interests of our church.
The credibility of Attention Homes as a service provider; they do vitally important work for our community, and have done it very well for more than 50 years.
The new housing project enables Attention Homes to easily connect their clients with other supportive service providers (partner agencies of our church) on our block: OUT Boulder County, and the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP)
There are community benefits of the project – addressing homelessness, a successful public-private-faith partnership, permanent affordability, landmarking (historic opportunity – biggest single landmark effort in Boulder history)
Ross, the property manager, is experienced and capable, and has a thorough understanding of both affordable housing and parking.
Parking: We are asking for a maximum of 33 spaces be leased to the general public, which is 10 more than the 23 spaces the Planning Board has proposed. Historically. FUMC has leased 40-50 spaces (23 is too low and is arbitrary, and third party studies and historical practice show that a lot more can be leased).
Office and Restaurant Uses: Having Attention Homes’ administrative staff and Blackbelly Market (a new restaurant in the building that will provide work opportunities for the residents) in the same building is good for the health of the neighborhood. Attention Homes is a longstanding tenant and partner organization of the church, and Blackbelly will attract new interest and business in the neighborhood.
To learn more about this proposed affordable housing project, please visit the PROJECT WEBSITE.
If you have any questions about the talking points above, or about attending the Planning Board hearing, please email Mike McCue, FUMC Trustees Chair.