One thing Boise and Ada County Highway District officials seem to be able to agree upon is special treatment for the Gardner Development Company.
Boise fees of about $500,000, and ACHD impact fees of between $1.2 million and $1.4 million are due before Gardner is allowed to occupy its a two-building, office/retail/parking/convention project, atop an underground public transportation hub, on U.S. Bank Plaza between Capitol Boulevard and Grove, Main and 8th streets.
While COO Tommy Ahlquist said the company’s request for fee deferrals has nothing to do with financial difficulty, we find it odd he has sought special treatment on this project as well as the Zion Bank building.
It will be hard for both Boise and ACHD to justify impact fees for other builders without offering the same sweetheart deals.
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