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UPDATE: The City of Boise is behind the demolition of three more homes in the Boise foothills, but remains tight-lipped about details.
City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee would not confirm the city’s involvement in tearing down the homes – saying via email:
“The homes were damaged in the landslide and need to be torn down because of safety and nuisance concerns.”
When asked if the city ordered the demolition, if the city was paying for the demolition, and if the homeowners were in agreement with tearing down the homes, Journee said he could not comment further.
BoiseDev later obtained the building permit, which was filed by Ideal Demolition Services – the same firm that tore down the initial homes. The permit lists City of Boise as the applicant for the demolition.
We’ve also reached out to homeowners for comment.
Three more homes will be torn down in the Terra Nativa subdivision in the Boise foothills, according to records filed with the City of Boise.
Ideal Demolition Services has asked to remove homes at 200 N. Alto Via Ct, 205 N. Alto Via Ct, and 241 N. Alto Via Ct.
Those are on the same street as two homes the City of Boise ordered removed last July due to extensive damage caused by a slow-moving landslide in the area.
While the City of Boise ordered the first two homes removed due to public danger, it’s unclear why these homes are being torn down.
One home will remain on Alto Via after the demolitions are complete.
All six homes on the block have been abandoned after a landslide started ripping the homes apart in 2016. The homeowners are involved in litigation with a raft of companies and individuals including developers Richard Pavalek and Timothy Day, engineers, real estate companies and the City of Boise.