Former Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has struck it rich with a development being built by his new employer, the Gardner Co.
Under the plan, Gardner will receive CCDC urban renewal loans of $10.2 million for a 110 unit apartment building downtown with a single “affordable rent” apartment. Sounds like the other 109 units are not affordable.
A surprise YES vote came from Mayor Lauren McLean who said, “As mayor it is my job to do what is best for our citizens including the homeless community.” She went on to explain that even a single cheap apartment helped out, but more importantly the action paved the way for federal stimulus funds for Boise from the Trump government.
At an unrelated virtual city council meeting, McLean asked the councilors to approve funding for a “community printing press” for use by the Idaho Statesman. Councilor Lisa Sanchez supported the idea if at least 25% of the pressmen were minority trades people and half of the total were women. The press would be housed in the old Statesman building on Curtis Rd. which McClatchy has been unable to sell.
Elaine Clegg observed that with the current deadlines and the fact the Statesman is printed in Twin Falls, her sage comments about growth, connectivity, and environmental issues were “old news” and ignored by the time the paper was published. Jimmy Hallyburton offered to donate free bicycles to anyone wishing to deliver the Statesman.
Councilor Holly Woodings asked for more details on the proposal and mused aloud that she couldn’t understand why Sanchez wanted minority women to get covered in ink every day. Sanchez replied, “I didn’t think you would understand.”
The GUARDIAN noted today’s date as we reported on yesterday’s March 31 meetings.
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