Boise is ripe to be #1 on the “EASY PICKING” list compiled by developers.
The BOISE WEEKLY’S George Prentice reports city officials have cut a deal to defer $500,000 in fees owed by Gardner Development, the outfit which has been anointed to build the latest version of the “Transit Center” which is planned beneath one of their latest dream towers.
We suspect the firm is either woefully short of cash and credit or really brilliant at using the public’s money. Billed as “public-private” partnerships, both of the planned structures will use public funds, and apparently won’t pay fees at least for now.
Try to get your parking tickets “deferred” and see how far you get. Perhaps if motorists offered their support of bike lanes, parking 10 feet from the curb, and a devotion to downtown Boise, they could get some concessions.
Meanwhile, Greater Boise Auditorium District board members are set to meet today to decide on an attempt to subvert the Idaho Constitution and contribute $38 million to a Gardner project for a ballroom and kitchen. If approved, the board will ask a judge allow the district to buy into a condo, pay for 24 years, own the building, but call it a lease.
UPDATE 6/10/14– Statesman city hall reporter SVEN BERG offered up more details on the issue.
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