The IDAHO PRESS published a story today revealing there are ongoing talks between developer Chris Shoen and BSU acting president Martin Schimpf over a joint baseball park.
GUARDIAN reader Larry Rincover has offered his own thoughts on a baseball stadium and it is pretty much “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
By Larry Rincover
In light of the recent GUARDIAN expose over Boise City accepting the Grove Plaza with the restrictive covenant that it can be sold, but proceeds must go toward a baseball park on CCDC land, along with the developer attempt at a joint facility with BSU, the time is ripe to play ball.
We all need to seriously discuss the future of baseball in Ada County. In so doing we might consider all of the factors impacting property tax payers as well as the long term benefits.
First, there is no doubt that a new, multi purpose facility is sorely needed and would be a benefit to baseball, future venues, and as a source of pride for our communities. All these benefits apply regardless of location so the cost, access and location should then become the deciding factors.
Any location considered so far in Boise City limits, the agenda under the current city administration, would create a traffic nightmare and require exorbitant unnecessary costs. Any site purchased for the facility would immediately remove the property from the tax roles adding additional burdens on the rest of us who pay property taxes in Ada County.
The current Hawks Stadium fairgrounds site is located on Ada County property: no additional land cost, now or ever. The only expense would be demolition and construction which would be necessary at any location. No additional property would be removed from the property tax roles and access to a new facility on the current site would continue to be the most advantageous. Glenwood Road is easily accessible from both State Street (Highway 44) and Chinden Blvd. (Highway 20/26) from virtually any location within Ada County. The current site offers a perfect and pleasing venue along the Boise River with room on and off County property for complimentary business opportunities.
Certainly major funding would be required for a new facility, but that would be necessary at any location. The prudent approach would be to demolish and rebuild on the current site to eliminate millions for land costs, eliminate any additional tax increment financing impacting our property taxes and provide the public with access that’s prudent and less invasive to surrounding homeowners. The Boise Hawks don’t just belong to Boise City. The Boise Hawks are the pride of all of Ada County and supported by patrons in all of Ada County. The Hawks Stadium should be rebuilt on its current site and I would urge the Boise City administration to reconsider its folly of packing it into Boise city limits and instead work with the Ada County Commissioners to make this happen for all of us in Ada County that love baseball.
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