Quasar Development continues to push for an illegal condo project on Park Blvd. at Park Center.
City zoning law limits buildings to 45 feet at that location, but the developer wants to disregard the law and build a structure nearly double the legal limit at about 80 feet. They also want the city to let them ignore the law that requires 20 foot setbacks and place the structure 10 feet closer to the sidewalk.
Boise’s Downtown Business Association supports the illegal building proposal in a letter, calling such projects the “key to quality development.”
The GUARDIAN and growthophobic neighbors have opposed the project for some time. In March the planning and zoning commission rejected the project because it was outside the law in violation of the height restriction.
The latest application is typical of developers in Boise. They ask for outrageous things–like 119 feet height exceptions and then claim, “we lowered the Wright by 40 feet.”
Variances to zoning laws should be made only for minor adjustments. For example,when a lot has been compromised by a street expansion and is a few square feet short of required size. Variances should not be allowed for wholesale hop scotching of existing zoning laws. Exceptions for developers
makes a mockery of our laws and is an insult to those who planned and passed them.
This thing proposes to add 90 living units, 300 parking spaces and more retail in an area already choked with cars. We say build within the law or find another city to ply your trade.
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