Thursday the Gardener Company sent Nampa Development Corporation (Urban Renewal) a letter backing out of the retail/officeportion of the Nampa Library Project. Caldwell GUARDIAN editor Paul Alldredge had filed legal action to allow citizens to weigh in on the indebtedness, but backed out when threatened with being forced to pay legal fees.
In the letter, Gardner told Nampa Development officials, “We have reached this determination after diligent efforts to pre-lease the buildings on the parcels and to finance construction,”
Translation: there were no takers, no matter the price for this grandiose project in downtown Nampa. Mayor Tom Dale and his URA board failed to see and learn what happened at the Ada County Courthouse retail part of that project — it was a huge flop.
The Boise GUARDIAN has warned officials in the Capitol City to proceed with caution in dealing with Gardner — or any developer who depends on public money to fund even portions of their projects.
Alldredge sought to give citizens the right to approve public debt in his lawsuit on this project but had to back off when faced with the possibility of paying NDC legal fees. NDC spent $108,000.00 to fend off THE GUARDIAN whose only issue was to let the people of Nampa vote via a bond election for the library and the police building.
We find the misuse of urban renewal money to build public works projects which would otherwise be subject to voter approval to be shameful. These projects will never be subject to property tax and the use of urban renewal is simply an end run around voters.
GARDNER’S LETTER FOLLOWS:
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