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First formal stadium step faces multi-pronged opposition

After a surprise detour suggested by Boise’s mayor to look at an alternative site, the focus for a Boise stadium proposal funded in part by taxpayers has refocused on a spot at Americana Blvd. and Shoreline Drive.

 Google Earth view of the proposed stadium site. Summit Dental is located adjacent to the parcel but not part of the stadium project.
Google Earth view of the proposed stadium site. Summit Dental is located adjacent to the parcel but not part of the stadium project.

A neighborhood meeting is set for tonight, the required first step ahead of submitting plans to the City of Boise.  Many building projects go through this pro forma process, but few see as much scrutiny as this one.

Two groups have worked to rally folks to show up for the meeting with developers.

The first is Summit Dental, which owns an office immediately adjacent to the proposed stadium site. The doctor-owned practice sent an email blast to patients today:

Our goal at Summit Dental, from the time we built our building, was to provide a convenient, comfortable and easily accessible place for our patients to come for their dental care. As the illustrations stand right now, the proposed building plans for the new baseball stadium could threaten those conveniences we have worked so hard to provide to our patients; mainly accessibility and parking.

KTVB reported in October that the doctors were worried about the impact a stadium could have on their practice.

The other group working to get citizens to show up is Concerned Boise Taxpayers – a coalition of business interests and citizens who say they are worried about the public money and tax implications of the project. Some members also own homes near the proposed site.

A sponsored Facebook post has attracted more than 100 comments both for and against the project.

The Vanishing Boise group also shared the CBT invite and prompted its followers: ” Let’s find out why – if this is such a great commercial venture – that a subsidy of our hard-earned tax dollars is necessary?? “

The Capital City Development Corporation, which could have an as-yet-unannounced role in the stadium project, expressed enthusiasm for the developer in Executive Director John Brunelle’s monthly report to the agency’s board of directors:

(C)heck out this beautiful new stadium in North Augusta, South Carolina, home of the Augusta Greenjackets. They broke ground on the stadium less than one year ago, and opening day is this week. Congratulations to Chris Schoen, Greenstone Properties, and Agon Sports & Entertainment on this success!

Later in the report, Brunelle says his agency continues to work with Greenstone on the project

Agency staff continues working others to determine a critical path for this project, development budget, schedule and financing plan.

The neighborhood meeting is set for tonight, April 17th, at 6:30pm a the site on Americana and Shoreline.

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