Former Albertsons CEO comes out swinging against Boise ballpark

Gary G. Michael spent a decade at the top of Boise-based grocer Albertsons - seeing it grow to the top of the industry before leaving in 2001.

Now he is back in the spotlight for a very different reason - he's demanding accountability for a planned public/private partnership for a new ballpark planned for Americana Blvd. near the Boise River.

Michael sent a letter to the Greater Boise Auditorium asking for a number of specific measures before any ballpark project is approved. The letter was first reported by the Boise Guardian

In short, the letter asks the GBAD board and/or the City of Boise to conduct analysis and studies on:

  • Traffic generated by the project
  • Noise impact
  • Lighting impact
  • Environmental impact, especially as it pertains to Kathryn Albertson and Ann Morrison Parks. Michael notes Albertson park was donated by JA & Kathryn Albertson - founders of the company he used to lead.
  • Impact on businesses in the area and "loss in property value."

The letter asserts that the studies should take "3-6 months," and ask results to be shared with citizens.

Michael's group has not filed with the State of Idaho.

The GBAD is scheduled to take up the issue at a Wednesday board meeting.