BOULDER, COLORADO

8TH & PEARL SHOPS AND RESIDENCES

8TH & PEARL was an abandoned gas station with an environmental nightmare — leaking underground storage tanks in a dense urban location. The exact cost to remediate was unknown, but could have been over $1 million; the potential environmental disaster risked making it an economic disaster. Before we could do anything, we had to solve the environmental problems and figure out a way to mitigate the risk posed by open ended remediation costs. We came up with a creative solution whereby prior to purchasing the property we fronted the clean-up costs up to an agreed limit and secured those costs by a first deed of trust against the property. In so doing, the seller had the benefit of our expertise in coordinating the investigation and remediation; however, we avoided open ended environmental liability for a problem which was clearly the seller’s responsibility. In voting to award the project the Congress of New Urbanism’s highest award — the Charter Award — a juror described it as, “An important prototype.”

BOULDER, COLORADO

1120 PEARL STREET

1120 Pearl Street is located in the heart of the thriving Pearl Street mall, a four-block pedestrian mall in Boulder, Colorado. 1120 Pearl is home to local business office space, as well as Island Farm: a locally owned and operated specialty boutique in Boulder, Colorado offering carefully curated women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, home goods and baby goods.

1120 Pearl Street
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8TH & PEARL SHOPS AND RESIDENCES
Boulder, CO

1120 PEARL STREET
Boulder, CO

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