Creating a new neighborhood well within the defined space of a city is a neat project. Boulder Steelyards is a great example. The neighborhood took an underutilized City location and created a beautiful and vibrant live-work community. This is smart growth at its best.
Humble Beginnings Of A Steelyard
Believe it or not, Boulder Steelyards got its start as an authentic foundry and steel yard. Changing economics of steel led to the disuse of the Boulder location. Investors and developers saw the potential with Boulder Steelyards and the community came to fruition.
Live, Work, Play
Today Boulder Steelyards boasts many businesses, eateries and plenty of housing. The adorable community is centered on a community park and a pretty single room school house. The school house is a functioning day care facility.
A wide variety of businesses call Boulder Steelyards home. Insurance, real estate, banking and the list goes on. There are diverse housing options as well. Some of the units are part of the Boulder Permanently Affordable program. Many units offer fabulous mountain and city views.
Pekoe Sip House
While photographing the neighborhood, I stop in for a coffee. A friendly staff is present. The barista tells me its just a job. At night he is in a band pursuing his passion. He has a teaching degree, but is not ready to start a 9-5 career.
The coffee shop offers baked goods, a wide selection of drinks, wifi and even a bowl of water for your furry friends outside. Boulder Steelyards is a great example of chic urban architecture. Over twenty buildings house everything from residential homes to light commercial. In coming years, the community will be well positioned near the future light rail transit hub. For now, it is a great neighborhood for work, play and dining.