Apologies to loyal readers of the GUARDIAN for the lack of topics recently. Editor Dave Frazier was in Florida for two months looking for warmth and it turns out the place for that has been Boise. Florida had record cold snap.
–We notice Boise is quietly hiring an architect to design a new Main Library building. Nothing wrong with updating the old one, replacing it, or any combination. As usual we are concerned about the lack of citizen input. Financing estimate is currently at about $70 million with what has become the usual vague details about who will pay and how much. We would like to see Team Dave get citizen approval for the debt after presenting a sales pitch instead of the cart-before-the-horse. We have seen the same combination of finance options with the proposed sports stadium.
–A reader sent us this little gem from the CCDC which uses public money to put awnings on a private building:
10th & Main Rendering
Sawtooth Development has secured a new tenant for their office building at 10th and Main (behind their recent new condo project – The 119). Kount will lease the upper floors of the building and 2 retail tenants will lease the ground floor. The developer will make various interior and exterior improvements to the building including installing awnings. CCDC can reimburse for these new awnings through the Type 1 Participation Program as long as they meet the Participation Program Policy requirements. Sawtooth Development submitted a Type 1 application in November, and the CCDC Board of Commissioners “Designated” the project as eligible to receive funding through the Participation Program in December. CCDC staff has finalized the Type 1 agreement with the developer and it was on the January 8, 2018 Board Meeting consent agenda for approval.
–After talking with some knowledgeable folks regarding the proposed park and annexation along Warm Springs near the Highway 21 bridge, we can see the city facilitating more development east of town under the guise of building a park. The area known as the “Barber Pool” has long been a nature preserve owned by Ollie Gregorson who is now deceased. We understand his daughter has a life time right to live there, but if the land gets annexed, it will be eagerly sought by developers.
We will have more posts in the near future.
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