The East Park Center bridge across the Boise River is about the only thing that stands between wildlife habitat on private ranch land and a mega subdivision with houses, shops, hotels and meeting facilities.
BRIDGE WILL FACILITATE MORE HOUSES LIKE THOSE ABOVE IN HARRIS RANCH.
The bridge has been a condition for the Harris Ranch developers who originally agreed to pay for the structure after folks on Warm Springs complained about the increased traffic in their neighborhood. At one point it was a done deal, but now the price has jumped from $9 million to $21 million.
Boise City officials have placed the bridge construction on the top of their priority list to the Ada County Highway District. While espousing limited growth, smart growth, blueprint for growth–it all translates to GROWTH.
The net result will be thousands of houses and more people to fill them. Of course that means more traffic, schools, fire stations and less wildlife habitat in the Barber Valley east of Boise.
Any way you cut it, the public is getting billed to facilitate development. Business as usual.
Sources within the ACHD claim much of the bridge cost will be funded by impact fees on the houses. Of course to collect those fees, the houses have to be built. That means ACHD gets full benefit only if every single lot is filled with a house. Even so, it is estimated $6 million will be paid by other property owners…fewer houses than planned means higher percentage paid by the rest of us.
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