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Stunning Development Breathes New Life into North Boulder

Big things are happening in North Boulder, and the community couldn’t be more excited.  Already a blooming and up-and-coming part of the city, it looks like NoBo will be getting an exciting addition.  Plans were recently submitted to redevelop, modernize, and re-popularize the Colorado National Guard Armory site, near Broadway and Lee Hill. 

Developers are envisioning the construction of a brewery, retail spaces, galleries, studios, and even a residential area in this 8.55-acre space.  North Boulder could benefit greatly from this mixed-use space.  A modern mixture of art and living is exactly what it needs to become a desirable and sought-after area in town.

Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery and Comida Restaurant and Food Truck Squad are both equally eager to jump on board. Oskar Blues currently has two locations – one in Longmont and one in Lyons, while Comida’s establishments have extended from Longmont to two locations in Denver.  Both businesses would benefit greatly from having an additional location in Boulder.


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Comida’s founder, Rayme Rossello has an eye for prime locations, and believes that this North Boulder setting would be an ideal extension of the Comida family.  She recently told the Daily Camera that she’s “very interested” in being part of the Boulder restaurant community.

According to the Camera, Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis has put forward a vision that includes “Home Made Liquid & Solids tap house and restaurant, CHUBurger quick-service restaurant and bar, and CyclHops bike shop and cantina.” If you’ve ever visited any of these establishments before, then you know how fortunate Boulder would be to have them.

Plans are still being finalized, and construction will easily take up to, or more than, three years before it’s complete.  The vision however, is in full swing.  Developers are planning to construct four main blocks, each containing their own unique aspects.

The first block will consist of a public open space, an arts pavilion, studio spaces, a brewpub, retail stores, as well as between 70 and 80 residential apartments.  This block will provide optimal space for gatherings and art exhibits. Anyone fortunate enough to score an apartment on this block will be constantly surrounded by activity, arts, and entertainment.

The second block will sit on the southwest corner of the development.  This block will have twice as many residential units as Block One.  The majority of the residential spaces will sit above ground-level retail spaces, but there will be an array of town homes as well.


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Far less is known about the two remaining blocks.  Rumors suggest that they will be sold to a homebuilder, who in turn may potentially create a housing development of sorts.

As you can see, North Boulder has much to look forward to.  Already considered an up and coming community, this remodel could have extremely beneficial effects for Boulder economy and allure.

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