After two nights of testimony, punctuated with a medical emergency and many hours of civilized debate, the Boise City Council voted to approve an apartment condominium complex on Peasley Street near the Depot.
Only Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt voted with the throngs of people who were overwhelmingly against the size and height of the project which will be 4 stories high. The vote came after 1 a.m. Friday morning.
All of the councilors praised developer Bill Clark for this project and past projects. Candidates during the upcoming council elections will have a chance to revisit the hearings when the incumbents claim they “favor neighborhoods.” Councilor Elaine Clegg is so close to the developer she had to recuse herself from any of the debate or votes. She is the full-time “Smart Growth” staffer and Bill Clark heads the board of the group.
The bigger issue at hand is the council’s avowed goal of “infill developments” to increase population density. We think infill developments would be best in areas like Foothills East, Warm Springs Ave. and Harrison Boulevard. Those skinny tall houses would fit nicely between the stately homes on those streets.
Boise State University removed several infill houses from the area of the campus to make room for more parking. Interesting to note how the houses were ideal for the neighborhood and now parking lots are just the ticket.
There are three houses currently parked at Protest and Federal Way. Bet the homes could find lots to be placed upon if Bill Clark applied for a variance along Warm Springs Ave. or maybe in the foothills where they could cram them ALL on one of those hillside view lots overlooking “open space” purchased by the foothills levy.
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