What a difference objectivity makes! The IDAHO BUSINESS REVIEW, that weekly with nothing but business stories, just may be something worth checking out.
The daily paper gave us several days of hype and architects drawings last week promoting the BoDo developer’s plan for a six block development and a new library that nobody sought.
Reporter Lora Volkert churned out two good stories about the proposal in the current issue of the IBR. Some excerpts:
“Fair to poor.”
“That’s the rating Capital City Development Corporation gave to a project proposed by BoDo developer Mark Rivers.”
Turns out Rivers’ proposal came in dead last of four, but because of his BoDo experience the CCDC (Capitol City Development Corp.) bumped him up to third. At issue is a proposal to build residential units on urban renewal land behind the existing library. Rivers wants to sell the city a library in the process.
In her second piece Volkert starts off with: “A proposal to build condos, retail space and a new Boise library may be able to exploit a loophole in public bonding requirements.”
The GUARDIAN thinks otherwise and is willing to explain it to those who wish to keep voters from having a voice in how public money is spent.
She went on to explain how any improvements or appreciation on property within the CCDC District yields absolutely no revenues to the city of Boise. For the complete story you have to buy a paper or subscribe on-line.
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