Stadium developer to lay out ‘path forward’ for Auditorium District

BOISEDEV FIRST MEMBER EXCLUSIVE STORY

New information about the Boise Sports Park looks like it will come to light in the next week.

Geoff Wardle with Clarke + Wardle asked the Greater Boise Auditorium District board to appear during its July 18th meeting. Wardle represents Boise Sports Park Developer Greenstone Properties.

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“(T)here is now clarity as to the path forward with the Boise Sports Park,” Wardle wrote GBAD board chair Kristin Muchow in a letter obtained by BoiseDev via public records request.

Wardle mentions passage of House Bill 217 which changes the use of urban renewal funds for projects like this. He also mentions Boise State’s decision to build its own, separate stadium near its campus.

He wrote the purpose of the meeting would be to “visit with the District’s Board and to begin discussions with the District about its participation in the project.”

We reached out to Greentsone principal Chris Schoen and his media representative for comment, but they declined to comment.

Pat Rice, Executive Director of the auditorium district fielded a question about the district’s available cash during a May meeting.

“I just ant to know what we are playing with,” board member Hy Kloc said, without elaborating. The presentation indicated the district has about $15.2 million in “cash to invest.”

Several members of the district board met with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in recent months according to calendars obtained by BoiseDev. Bieter has been significantly involved with shepherding the project since at least 2016.

Where the Boise Sports Park stands

  • As of today, Greenstone Properties owns a single piece of property in Boise – the site of the current Symposion Bar. Several landowners in the area tell BoiseDev Schoen approached them about acquiring property. According to property records, no other parcels in the area have changed hands.
  • Renderings for the project show it on a site currently owned in part by Los Angeles-based developer Local Construct and the City of Boise.
  • The stadium project could potentially be subject to the outcome of a petition that will appear on the November ballot that would allow voters to decide if stadium projects would be subject to voter approval.
  • City of Boise officials stress no deal is in place and no formal proposal is on the table. This spring, Greenstone Properties and the City of Boise held negotiations on city participation in the project.
  • Boise State University is moving forward with a baseball-only facility on land near its campus on Beacon St.

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