Locally owned. Supported by members.

Urban renewal on Boise Bench takes shape

Paddles Up Poke

The Capital City Development Corporation launched two new urban renewal areas at the beginning of the year, and is now looking at another two in coming years.

BoiseDev Project Tracker

  • CCDC Bench urban renewal district

    Click here for details, information & past stories

The agency has been studying the idea since at least 2016 as BoiseDev reported.

Now a more firm timeline is in place, but many hurdles still must be overcome for the district to be formed.

The agency broke the overall study area into four pieces. It could adopt all or parts of the areas studied. It plans to begin a process that could stretch until the end of 2020 to form the district, including a public outreach process.

“We plan to engage with the neighborhood associations, CCDC project manager Doug Woodruff said. “This study area touches eight different neighborhood associations. It is important that we understand what those associations are interested in and how urban renewal could help their neighborhoods.”

- Story continues below ads -
Regence Blue Shield Idaho
IBL Events

BoiseDev attends public meetings on your behalf. Your membership in BoiseDev FIRST makes this possible. Join today and get our popular daily newsletter.

[Deep Dive series: Up on the Bench – bringing urban renewal up the hill]

Four possible ‘subareas’

CCDC will break up the overall study area into four pieces:

  • Tank farm subarea (green on map)
    • This is centered on the petroleum tank farm along Curtis Rd.
    • It is 641 acres in size. The City of Boise is studying the idea of relocating the tank farm to a new site near the Boise Airport.
    • “This could open up significant opportunity to redevelop the area and the neighborhood for something like Hyde Park or Bown Crossing,” Wodruff said
    • This area also partially overlaps with a new federal Opportunity Zone.
  • Overland Rd. subarea (blue on map)_
    • This is anchored by the large Hillcrest Shopping Center at Overland Rd. and Orchard St. The project has seen declining lease rates and has been listed for sale.
    • This area is 190 acres in size.
    • Woodruff said this area has “gaps in critical infrastructure. The sidewalks are in pretty poor shape. There’s a lot of missing (pieces) in the infrastructure that could use some help “
  • Vista Ave. subarea (red on map)
    • This area is considered a gateway corridor, linking the Boise Airport and I-84 with Downtown Boise.
    • It is 220 acres in size.
    • It also includes the Simunich Farm property, which could be subdivided for future uses. , 44 acres of ROW, 359 parcels.
    • (Disclosure: My family owns and operates the Vista Village Shopping Center which is in this study area. I do not own a stake in this business, but members of my immediate family do).
  • Latah subarea (yellow on map)
    • This area centers on Rose Hill and Latah, where some commercial reinvestment projects are already underway.
    • It is 139 acres in size.

“The investment isn’t going to be what we see in a downtown area,” Woodruff said. “It’s a different balance with longer streets.”

Next steps

A report to the CCDC board is due this spring, which will be at the begining of a process that could roll out over the next two years.

“Currently, we are targeting the end of the calendar year 2020 would be when we would probably be working toward establishing the district and that’s the time to have those community conversations,” Woodruff said.

“I’m excited to see the findings of the report,” CCDC commissioner and former Boise City councilor Ben Quintana said. “We’ve been doing a lot of work on that area and expanding into other areas on the Bench.”

Love our stories? Get them delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. Plus, support BoiseDev's independent journalism.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

Owners apply to tear down Boise Bench office building

A 1960s office building on the Boise Bench with a unique look could soon disappear. The Clint-Graham Center at...

Opponents to Boise’s recycled water proposal flood public hearing

Tensions ran high at a hearing on the possibility of recycling water in Boise Tuesday night.  During the hours-long...

Pedestrian safety upgrades planned for Boise’s Hyde Park

Ada County Highway District is hoping to make walking and biking through Hyde Park safer next year.  Next summer,...

Apparent glitch leads to 2+ hour delays in Idaho 55 project

The first weekend of a multi-year project to improve a key portion of Idaho Highway 55 led to long delays for travelers.

Popular

Sun Valley Resort releases winter plan: tweaks and adjustments

Sun Valley Resort released its plan for the upcoming winter season. As in past years, Sun Valley plans...

CenturyLink will change its name – but you may or may not see it

As the CenturyLink turns. We told you last week that the company would leave its Downtown Boise office space....

Boise-based Cradlepoint gets new owner in huge billion-dollar deal

A Boise-based company will get a new parent company, and its owners will get $1.1 billion in their pockets.

Owners apply to tear down Boise Bench office building

A 1960s office building on the Boise Bench with a unique look could soon disappear. The Clint-Graham Center at...

Meridian-area bakery/cafe locations go up for sale

Two area bakery and cafe locations just hit the market. The owners of the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe stores in Meridian...

Costco sets opening date for new Meridian store

The Treasure Valley will soon include three Costco Wholesale stores. Costco Meridian has an opening date. Just in time...

Related

Updated: CCDC gives first approval to new 12-story senior apartment project in Boise

Whether or not Boise gets a new main library anytime soon, a local developer is plowing ahead with a new 12-story tower...

Portion of Boise’s 8th Street will get a makeover: bikes, sidewalks, patios

Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) began construction this week on 8th Street between Bannock Street and State Street in Downtown Boise.

Move back to Stage 3 shows up in decreased Downtown Boise activity

Since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting Idaho, we've kept our eye on the health of several key areas. That includes Downtown Boise.

Boise’s mayor outlines priorities on future use of urban renewal

In a February letter obtained by BoiseDev in a public records request, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean outlined her approach to two proposed...

Latest

Boise-based Cradlepoint gets new owner in huge billion-dollar deal

A Boise-based company will get a new parent company, and its owners will get $1.1 billion in their pockets.

Sun Valley Resort releases winter plan: tweaks and adjustments

Sun Valley Resort released its plan for the upcoming winter season. As in past years, Sun Valley plans...

Boise utility companies enact payment plans instead of utility shut-offs

Some of Boise’s major utility companies started to ease back into collections after months of holding off due to COVID-19. 

Pizza restaurant popular in North End eyes SE Boise location

A pizza restaurant in Boise's North End could open a new location. Lulu’s Pizza, which currently operates at 2594...

CenturyLink will change its name – but you may or may not see it

As the CenturyLink turns. We told you last week that the company would leave its Downtown Boise office space....

Meridian-area bakery/cafe locations go up for sale

Two area bakery and cafe locations just hit the market. The owners of the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe stores in Meridian...