McKenzie Junction’s 5th development proposal since ’98 would bring housing, nonprofit space, restaurant
McKenzie Junction, the 20-acre strip of field surrounded by highways at Boulder’s northeast gateway, may finally be headed for development.
Over the last two decades, four different proposals — an office and hotel project in 1998, a five-building office park in 2000 and mixed-use projects in 2006 and 2015 — all failed to win the city’s favor, as officials were hesitant to support human activity of any kind on the noisy and relatively isolated parcel.
But on Thursday just before midnight, the Boulder Planning Board approved, by a 5-1 vote, a mixed-use plan brought forth by the same team that failed to win approval in 2015.
The latest project is called Diagonal Crossing, and it includes 357 housing units, about a quarter of which would be considered affordable housing and 20 of which would go to Naropa University faculty, space for three different local nonprofits — Meals on Wheels, Studio Arts Boulder and Bridge House’s Ready to Work program for those transitioning from homelessness — plus a restaurant that’ll stay open until 11:30 p.m.
The approval of Diagonal Crossing won’t be final unless and until the City Council says so. It will have the option in coming weeks to…
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