Boulder officials made clear Tuesday they hope to preserve the Ideal Market and Community Plaza shopping areas as neighborhood centers through redevelopment of the former Boulder Community Health hospital site and regulatory changes to its surroundings.

City council is considering how large of a footprint local government offices will have on the 8.8-acre hospital property along Broadway between Alpine and Balsam avenues, which the city purchased for $40 million in 2015.

A determining factor is the prospect of Boulder County moving its Health and Human Services campus north of the site on Broadway alongside a proposed city office building that could be as large as four stories, plus a basement, totaling 93,000 square feet where a structure known as the medical pavilion now stands on the hospital parcel. The pavilion would have to be renovated or deconstructed as part of the process at a cost to the city between $48 million and $61.5 million.

The city’s goal is to accommodate between 260 and 300 staffers in the new office building. That would allow the city to vacate three office buildings — likely those known as New Britain, 1101 Arapahoe Ave., Park Central, 1739 Broadway, and Center Green, 3065 Center Green Drive — and cut Boulder government’s carbon footprint by 50% to 60%, according to city staff.

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