Message for the Greater Boise Auditorium District: “Give it up. Three strikes, you’re out. Let it Go, Forget about it.”
The citizens have twice voted down your plan to build a convention center and now your hand picked private sector developer has also shown disinterest and failed to meet an October 31 deadline. We don’t need another “rebar pit” in downtown Boise.
The Nov. 28 issue of the IDAHO BUSINESS REVIEW had a good piece by Steven Anderson detailing the failure and certain options help by the Simplot family real estate company, S-Sixteen.
The deal under discussion had developer Gary Christensen getting land at 11th and Myrtle for a dollar a year. He was to build a $ 35 million convention center and then lease it back to G-BAD for $2 million a year in an effort to go around the voters who already said “NO” in 2003 and 2004.
The Idaho Supreme Court also spanked G-BAD in August for using public money to advertise in favor of the proposed convention center during the 2003 election. They were sued by Ameritel Inns who prevailed in the action.
The G-BAD needs to either turn in their guns or get bullet proof shoes so they won’t keep shooting themselves in their collective foot.
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