CCRS Capital Improvement Program Summary

Boulder's Community, Culture, Resilience & Safety (CCRS) Tax supports citywide capital infrastructure investments as well as dedicates 10% of revenues for community non-profit grants. Council approved $1.9 million mid-year in 2022 to kick-start capital projects such as multimodal transportation projects and the enterprise data platform and, with adoption of the 2023 Budget, Council approved $29.6 million in 2023 for several key CCRS infrastructure projects.

The 2024-2029 Capital Improvement Program recommends an additional $13.0 million in 2024 to support several CCRS capital projects, including land acquisition for the replacement of Fire Station #2 or #4, continued planning and design for the East Boulder Community Center, and design for the replacement of the Central Avenue Bridge.

Most significantly, the CIP proposes $123.7 million over the six-year time horizon for key community projects supported by CCRS, which includes an anticipated debt issuance in 2026 of $62 million.

The Community, Culture, Resilience, & Safety (CCRS) Tax is a 0.3% sales and use tax that supports capital infrastructure across the community, including non-profit support. For more information on the tax and non-profit grant program, please visit this page.

East Boulder Community Center Deep Retrofit and Renovations

A deep energy retrofit and renovation to modernize and provide opportunities for community members to recreate and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The project aligns with various departmental master plans and is guided by the key pillars in putting buildings on a path towards environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and financial stewardship.

In 2024 design work will include robust community engagement, energy assessments and modeling and options analysis to inform and develop a full modernization plan for the facility. Implementation and construction will follow in subsequent years. CIP outyears also include funding for synergistic upgrades to other recreation centers to address program and infrastructure needs.

2024-29 Budget: $51,500,000

2024 Budget: $4,000,000

Estimated Completion Date: 2027

Fire Stations 2 & 4 Replacements

The existing Fire Stations 2 and 4 are past their operational life span and no longer accommodate the Fire Departments service needs or goals. Replacement of these Fire Stations will provide modernized emergency services to the community ensuring safety and resilience. Construction of the new facilities will be guided by the three pillars of the Facilities Master Plan to ensure sustainability and social goals are being met and buildings are well maintained.

In 2024, focus is on acquisition of land in the right location to service the area and minimize response times and of the right size to accommodate the requirements of the new station.

Fire Station 2:

2024-29 Budget: $18,500,000

2024 Budget: $6,000,000

Estimated Completion Date: 2028

Fire Station 4:

2024-29 Budget: $18,500,000

2024 Budget: $0

Estimated Completion Date: 2032

Civic Area Phase II

The Civic Area Phase II Reimagining project is critical to maintaining Boulder's way of life, with the opportunity arising at the heart of downtown to rethink urban park design to ensure the connection to nature, robust local economy, dynamic art scene and the brimming culture can continue to thrive. The project vision encompasses the makings of a beautiful recreational river park at the core, with incredible views to the celebrated Flatirons. This area is flanked by bookends that can entertain civic, cultural, and commercial development that are alive with activity, collaboration, and innovation. This will be a space for everyone - a lively and distinct destination that reflects the community's values, where people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and incomes feel welcome to recreate, socialize, relax and enjoy the ambience of a high-altitude urban center at the feet of the Rocky Mountains. This project focuses on the “Park at the Core”, designed around the green ribbon along Boulder Creek is the unifying design that will weave metropolitan and park space into a richly diverse, sustainable, equitable, resilient, communal, recreational, artistic, cultural, educational, and social gathering space that reflects Boulder’s identity as a funky, fun and friendly place to live.

2024-29 Budget: $17,500,000

2023-2024 Budget for Community Outreach and Design: $500,000

Estimated Completion Date: 2027

Pearl Street Revitalization

Located within downtown Boulder, the iconic and nationally renowned Pearl Street Mall is a stretch of pedestrian activity, novelty retail and outdoor public space that is the heart of Boulder. The 50th anniversary of the creation of this mall from 11th to 15th Street will enhance the mall with improvements in 2026. The project will update play spaces, art programming, and redesign key spaces to better serve users and business owners with a focus on improving access to public restrooms.

2024-29 Budget: $1,150,000

2024 Budget: $0

Estimated Completion Date: 2027

Central Avenue Bridge Replacement

Project will replace the failing bridges on Central Avenue in Flatirons Business Park over Dry Creek #2.

This project will offers and encourage a variety of safe, comfortable, affordable, reliable, convenient, and clean mobility options which is an Accessible and Connected SER Framework objective.

Estimated Completion Date: 2024

Streetlight Acquisition

The city currently spends about $1.4 million annually to Xcel Energy for its streetlights. These costs have risen significantly over the past 30 years, and the city has no mechanisms for cost control but is responsible for all costs Xcel incurs. This current system means that the city can save money by acquiring the lights and bringing them into city control.

The estimated cost to acquire the lights from Xcel is $3.6 million. The city would invest an additional $3.4 million to convert the lights to LEDs. Given the cost savings associated with city ownership, reduced energy costs and other efficiencies, the city estimates it can save more than $1 million per year in operational and maintenance costs. The project would realize a return on investment within nine years. Over 20 years, the city plans to save $13.6 million.