More trail access is coming to Polecat Reserve in Northwest Boise.
On December 8, Boise City Council is considering exchanging .4 acres of property adjacent to North Collister Drive for 3.17 acres of open space adjacent to Polecat Reserve. This will make room for an expanded reserve and more trail access closer to the intersection of Collister and Briarhill drives for neighborhood access, according to a release from the City of Boise.
“This land exchange will go a long way in facilitating trail access improvements into our highly used Polecat Reserve,” Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said in the release. “It will also provide improved neighborhood access as well as create another needed public entry point into one of the City’s most popular reserves.”
The land swap was a condition for preliminary approval for the Collister Lofts, which is being developed by Jim Jewett. An application for a project by Jewett at the same address on the City of Boise’s website called Polecat Gulch Lofts says the development will have 10, two-story homes.
An independent appraisal found the property the city will trading with Jewett is worth roughly $50,000 and the property the city will acquire is worth $345,000.