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NEW: Boise settles with foothills ‘sliding homes’ owners

 Google Earth imagery shows the landslide in progress
Google Earth imagery shows the landslide in progress

The City of Boise has settled a lawsuit filed by the owners of several homes in the Boise foothills, according to city spokesperson Mike Journe.

Earlier this week BoiseDev reported that three more homes were set to be demolished on Alto Via Court in the Terra Nativa subdivision. 

Homeowners had sued a raft of companies and individuals including developers Richard Pavalek and Timothy Day, engineers, real estate companies and the City of Boise. The City now says it has reached a confidential settlement with the developers.

All six homes on the block have been abandoned after a landslide started ripping the homes apart in 2016. Two homes were ordered demolished by the city last summer, a decision initially appealed by the homeowners. The city later paid for the demolition, citing safety concerns.

Journee could not say if the latest set of home demolitions was connected to the settlement.

One home will remain on Alto Via after the demolitions are complete.

It is unclear if the homeowners have settled with the other parties named in the lawsuit, we have requested comment from the homeowners’ attorneys. 

The city was initially tight-lipped on why the additional three homes were being removed before confirming a settlement had been reached.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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