The GUARDIAN has learned Boise City’s aggressive urban renewal expansion will include the site of the former Franklin School Playground.
City spokesman Mike Journee claimed the purchase using CCDC urban renewal funds will be a “win-win” for citizens and business alike with condos, cultural events, and affordable housing. Final cost has yet to be determined, but he said the city is seeking financial support from sewer revenues, traffic tickets and corporate contributions in addition to the CCDC money.
Plans call for building a U-shaped stadium on the Orchard and Franklin site which will include modular low-cost housing units on one side and a futuristic library-art gallery on the other. Greenstone properties has been awarded the $87,000 professional service consulting contract to coordinate the stakeholders progress and optimization path.
Mayor Dave Bieter said, “We are trying to use some resources to infuse culture into the Bench and homeless populations and this project seems to fit.”
The project is part of the the CCDC plans for a street car which will include routes on Orchard, Overland, and Vista to connect with the expansion at the Boise International airport. It reportedly will be bike friendly and reduce Orchard to a single lane of travel in each direction.
Since the land area is somewhat restricted, Journee admitted the new stadium could be used mostly by Little League teams with hopes of attracting the “Little League world series” which is scheduled to be played next April Fools Day…exactly one year from today.
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