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Boise’s proposed State St. urban renewal area could include Garden City, too

The Capital City Development Corporation has approached leaders in Garden City about working together on a potential urban renewal area along State St.

The agency traditionally limits its areas to Boise City limits, but that could change with this project.

[Deep Dive series: State Street could see new transit corridor with aid from CCDC]

“We figured it was worth the to approach Garden City to see if they… wanted to take a closer look at it,” CCDC project manager Matt Edmond said. “We met with Garden City staff about a week ago and they expressed an openness to it. They were interested in looking at a joint eligibility study.”

Edmond said CCDC will ask Leland Consulting, which is conducting that study for Boise to look at how Garden City could be tied in.

The State St. project is being studied to support a ‘premium transit corridor’ envisioned along State from Eagle to Downtown Boise.

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CCDC’s legal advisor says a multi-jurisdiction urban renewal area is allowed under Idaho law.

“It is doable, and there are some steps you have to jump through,” said CCDC agency counsel Ryan Armbruster. “But technically with the consent of the other city, you can move things along and complete those steps as you go along.”

Armbruster also serves as counsel for Garden City’s urban renewal agency. He said similar urban renewal districts have been done between Sugar City and Rexburg, as well as between Pocatello and Chubbuck.

“There has been some concern about matching the improvements on both sides of State Street,” Edmond said.

“Here more than anywhere, it seems like our successes are bound together,” CCDC board chair Dana Zuckerman said.

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