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Idaho Power plans to convert lot for employee surface parking

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Idaho Power Company asked the City of Boise to let it build a large new temporary parking lot in Downtown Boise.

The lot, at the corner of 15th St. and Bannock St. in Boise, would include parking for 220 vehicles and no bikes, according to an application with the city. The site, a full city block, currently houses construction site staging for projects in the area.

The new lot will replace spaces the utility company leases in the Boise Plaza garage, which a spokesperson said they are losing a lease on. That garage will serve the new 11th & Idaho building, currently under construction.

Property records show the lot under the ownership of Nest Project, LLC. That entity is controlled by Casey Lynch, CEO and founder of developer Roundhouse. The spokesperson said Idaho Power will lease the lot from Roundhouse.

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In the early 2000s, former property owner David Southers proposed to build an 88-unit apartment complex with parking on the parcel. The project ran into opposition and legal challenges from KBCI-TV (now KBOI-TV), over the impact the project could have on transmission from its Downtown Boise studio. The project never materialized.

Idaho Power is the largest private landowner in Ada County, according to a 2019 report from the Ada County Assessor. It owns several city blocks in the downtown core used for parking for its employees, including a full city block across from its headquarters at 12th and Main, roughly two-thirds of a block behind The Modern at Main and 13th, and another smaller lot at Idaho and 14th.

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