The Simplot family’s proposed down JUMP development hit a snag with Boise officials last night when the Design Review Commission deadlocked in a 3-3 tie over approval of the proposed project to be located between 9th and11th Streets bordered by Front and Myrtle in downtown Boise.
Simplot spokesman David Cuoio told the GUARDIAN, “We were stunned at the tie as well as not getting approval.”
He said the family has “spent millions” to conform to the wishes of city planners and others after numerous meetings which included sessions with the mayor and council over several years. One member of the board was absent Wednesday, forcing the tie vote.
JUMP stands for “Jacks Urban Meeting Place” which the Simplot folks describe as a creative structure in the middle of a park. Cuoio said “acted in good faith” with the new plan and they are prepared to explore all options–including another try before the commission on October 13.
The $70million project falls within the city urban renewal district which means all of the tax revenue on any construction will go to the CCDC, not Boise City.
The Mayor’s Committee is bound
To give JUMP the run-around
It seems such a pity
For it will leave our fair city
With another hole in the ground!
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