Airport expansion begins: Permits for new employee parking garage filed; “back way” to close

The Boise Airport’s newly-adopted multi-year master plan is in motion. The Airport submitted a conditional use permit application to build a 567 space parking garage for employees.

The city proposes to build the garage on the corner of Wright St. and Luke St. on the northern edge of the airport campus near Interstate 84. The garage would require the closure of Owyhee St. that currently connects Wright St. and Airport Way, providing a “back way” into the airport circle loop. Drivers would access the new garage off of a new driveway from Wright St., according to a site plan.

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The garage is one of the first puzzle pieces that will reshape the airport campus. Plans include a new concourse, upgraded security checkpoint and many other changes.

“These projects are sequential and have to happen in a specific order so that we can accomplish them,” Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said during a public meeting in March.

Crews will relocate a hanger just to the south of the garage, owned by the Idaho Transportation Department.

The zoning for the garage site does not currently allow structures as tall as the proposed garage. It would reach up to 60 feet. The city will need to grant itself a height exception over the usual 45-foot limit.

“The land between the Boise Airport terminal building and Interstate 84 is high-value land to support the public transportation needs of the Boise Airport,” Martin Hale with CSHQA said in an application letter. “There is a limited amount of land in proximity to the terminal building. (I)t should be used efficiently and to its highest potential. Boise Airport employees currently park in three existing surface parking areas that are needed for development and expansion of other airport terminal facilities. Airport employees will be consolidated into the proposed parking garage to facilitate terminal building expansion.”

In addition to the parking spaces, planners designed space for 30 bicycles.

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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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