Teenage boys are taught that “no means no,” but the Greater Boise Auditorium District G-BAD boys are at least a generation too old to understand that message.
Voters told them “NO” at the polls on two occasions when they wanted to build a new convention center in downtown Boise. Developer Gary Christensen briefly considered doing a private deal and he too said “no thanks.”
Disregarding the three strikes and your are out rule, the G-BAD has come up with another plan. This time they want to build skyward, using hotel room taxes which are about to burn a hole in their collective pocket.
Architect Neil Hosford has been retained to look into the potential of expanding the existing convention center at 9th and Front from 85,000 square foot to 205,000 square feet by adding two more levels.
G-BAD chairman Stephenson Youngerman claims in a press release there is a demand for additional space and the board has a responsibility to address that demand.
The GUARDIAN can safely say the demand to shoehorn more ballrooms into downtown Boise doesn’t come from the voters who told them “NO” twice in the past.
Let’s hope the architect isn’t the same dude who wants to build a 17 story apartment building on a 30 foot wide strip of grass at 8th and Front next to the crosswalk. These folks should all be in the Idaho Legislature–no offense intended.
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