Two stories in the Daily Paper look like a potential marriage for contractor and developer.
First there was the collapse of the new overpass being built on Robinson Road over I-84 east of Nampa. There was one serious injury, but luckily no deaths or “serious injuries.” Of course a smashed thumb is serious if it belongs to you.
Graham Construction of Spokane has the contract to build the bridge as part of the “Improvements” to the freeway between Nampa and Boise.
The second story in this potential marriage saga involves Boise and its urban renewal agency, the CCDC (Capitol City Development Corp.). Far from ever “gettin er done,” the CCDC has its eyes on expanding into the area of Fairview and 30th to take even more of the downtown property off the City tax rolls.
Any project involving the CCDC includes a provision that property in the area is taxed, but tax revenues on any improvements or appreciated value is diverted AWAY from schools, city, county, and ACHD…leaving citizens in the rest of the city to pay for expensive services such as police, fire, roads, etc. The CCDC keeps those revenues for “infrastructure” within the district. Much of their money is spent on legal fees defending their actions as well.
Included in the project’s first phase is construction of a diversion dam in the Boise River behind the old Ford dealership to create a whitewater park for kayaks.
Sooo…if we can get the CCDC to hire Graham Construction to build the dam using the same techniques and quality control standards they applied to the bridge, many GROWTHOPHOBE issues could be solved in one gala wedding ceremony between CCDC and Graham.
–When the dam fails during spring runoff, the houses along the river in Garden City will be flooded, leaving no reason for Developer/mayor Evans to ban bicycles from the Greenbelt.
–Boise’s city attorney would have reason to expand the staff, buy some new computers, and further enhance the economy.
–Of course we would have a boost to the economy with JOBS.
The vast weed choked bare wasteland in the area of 30th and Fairview is a direct result of Boise City actions which encouraged businesses to leave. The city even owns or owned a bunch of the property.
Enlightened citizens meeting at Whittier School on 29th St. at 5:30 p.m. tonight might get the idea to plant trees and grass on the city property instead of condos, creating a huge CENTRAL PARK. Then Boise could be the most livable city in America!
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