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City, ballpark developer negotiating. Details aren’t public, yet

Greenstone Properties and the City of Boise are negotiating an agreement that could bring a ballpark to Downtown Boise.

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Since at least December, city staffers and representatives for Greenstone have been working to hammer out details. They are negotiating on at least four separate agreements, according to records obtained by BoiseDev:

  • Master Development Agreement
  • Purchase/Sale Agreement
  • Stadium License Agreement
  • TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Assurance Agreement

BoiseDev requested the latest version of each of the documents under Idaho’s open records law. The city turned down the request citing the right to attorney-client privilege. Legal staff also said provisions of Idaho’s open records law that prevent disclosure of records on the grounds of “business records of a private concern,” “records relating to appraisal of real property,” “any estimate… that details the cost of a public project until… bids are opened,” and records created “for the specific purpose of assisting a person to locate, maintain, invest in or expand business operations.”

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The city said it would provide copies of the documents on a city council agenda “once in final form.”

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The Idaho Press also previously requested these same records, according to public records obtained by BoiseDev.

‘Regular practice’

City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee said this is par for the course.

“It is regular practice that when dealing with private real estate, the city does much of that negotiation through attorneys and through private conversations,” Journee said. “At some point when there is a formal proposal before one of the public entities that would be involved in this, all of these documents would come to light.”

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Journee said the extraordinary attention the stadium project is under means the city will be diligent in allowing public scrutiny.

“It obviously means that we will be extra sensitive to the public’s need to be in the know about this when the time is right. This is how these kinds of things are handled at the public level and to ensure the public interest in the long term.”

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