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After deal fell through, Boise looks to future of Franklin School site

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Last year the City of Boise purchased a piece of land at Franklin St. and Orchard St. in Boise – the old Franklin School site.

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It said it could build affordable housing on the site.

Then, the Capital City Development Corp. said it would sell a small piece of Downtown Boise property to the city. The city said it would then trade that land as part of the Franklin School site.

It was all pretty confusing. And… it fell apart. The trade never happened – and CCDC eventually put the land up for bid (which was a whole other complicated story…).

The city never explained what it hoped to do before everything unraveled.

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Now, with a new mayor on the way, the city is starting over.

The future of Franklin and Orchard

Over the next two weeks, Boise will hold a series of feedback events to help craft the future of the site taxpayers now own.

“(The city) will hold a series of open houses designed to gather feedback about the eventual development of Franklin and Orchard into a mixed-use site consisting of housing and office or service uses such as coffee shops, childcare center and/or restaurants, among others,” the city wrote in its announcement to neighbors.

After the feedback sessions, the city will craft a request for proposals that it will put out to developers to craft the future of the site.

You can attend one of the four events:

  • Tuesday, December 10 5pm-8pm at Hillcrest Library
  • Friday, December 13 Noon-7pm on the site (in a heated tent)
  • Saturday, December 14 10am-7pm on the site
  • Wednesday, December 18 5pm-8pm at Hillcrest Library

Online feedback will also be collected.

The site housed the Franklin School for more than 100 years before the Boise School District tore it down. Maverik once planned a large convenience store on the site, but abandoned the plans.

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