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Ballpark developer looks to sell bar property it bought near hoped-for stadium

The Symposion calls itself the ‘neighborhood bar without the neighborhood.’

The neighborhood also won’t have a ballpark.

Last March, BoiseDev broke the news of HBCBP LLC’s purchase of the land under the Symposion bar on Fletcher St. HBCBP shares ownership with Greenstone Properties of Atlanta – the group behind the effort to build a downtown stadium.

Now, the property is for sale again.

At just less than an acre, Story Commercial lists the property at 2801 W. Fletcher St. for $1.742 million. The sale doesn’t include the bar or liquor license – but the lease remains in place until September of this year.

The Idaho Press uncovered a public record that indicated a deal between Greenstone and developer Roundhouse to purchase a large tract of land in the neighborhood would not move forward.

The Symposion site near the

The latest twist in the Stadium Dream

BoiseDev reported stadium officials approached Ada County about working together on the Expo Idaho property, where the Hawks currently play. The county started a process to redevelop the large property surrounded by Garden City.

Officials with Greenstone Properties and sister company Agon Sports will not comment on plans.

Greenstone has now tried and failed to build a ballpark on three different sites. It looked at a site along Broadway Ave. in conjunction with Boise State – even buying and later selling a small piece of land. Then, it looked at a site at Americana and Shoreline. When that fell through under intense pressure from community members, Greenstone started work at the site near Fairview Ave. and Whitewater Park.

It hoped to build a new ballpark to replace aging Memorial Stadium on the Expo Idaho site. The park would house both the Boise Hawks and a possible new soccer team.

Greenstone worked with former Boise Mayor Dave Bieter on a project to use public tax dollars, funding from the Greater Boise Auditorium District and participation from the Capital City Development Corporation to build a public/private partnership for a ballpark. Bieter lost reelection challenger Lauren McLean in December.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at don@boisedev.com.

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