University Hill Alley Enhancement Master Plan

Russell + Mills Studios was hired to develop a master plan for four alleys within the University Hill area of Boulder, CO. The University Hill Commercial Area represents a small, four block area which lies between neighborhoods to the west and the University of Colorado Campus. Businesses and services in the area have historically been student-oriented and the area has a character unique from other commercial areas in Boulder which reflects this. The plan was intended to improve aesthetics, circulation and create safe and inviting spaces for pedestrians. In addition, the utilitarian activities in the alley still need to be maintained – trash collection, utility access and parking areas adjacent to existing buildings.
The document examines an approach to improve the alley corridors to more efficiently utilize the spaces and create a safer, more inviting and vibrant commercial area.

Client: City of Boulder