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Boise’s urban renewal agency will put funds toward travel center project


BoiseDev broke news of a new Mr. Gas truck stop and travel center near Interstate 84 and the Isaac’s Canyon/Memory Rd. exit last year.

Now, the Capital City Development Corporation says it will chip in up to $480,000 in to help with a series of site improvements for the project.

The large truck stop sits at the edge of the Gateway East urban renewal area, which the city and urban renewal agency formed to help spur development in the largely desert area south of Interstate 84.

“This development will support further growth of the industrial uses in the Gateway East district, as well as adjacent vacant parcels, by providing crucial trucking stop for professional drivers,” CCDC project manager Alexandra Monjar said during a board meeting Monday. “The design also aims to support commuter and recreational traffic with gasoline islands and a recreational vehicle dumping station.”

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The project at 10026 S. Eisenman Rd. will cost about $12.9 million to build. Monjar said about $1 million of those costs meet its guidelines for reimbursement, but the agency expects the project will generate a smaller amount in so-called tax increment, leading to the total of $480,000 available. The agency can provide up to 80% of the amount of estimated tax increment generated over a six-year period.

The money will go toward extending water and sewer lines, streetscapes, and other costs in the public right-of-way.

Open this year

Mr. Gas Boise
Site plan for the Mr. Gas project on Eisenman Rd. in Boise. Courtesy The Land Group

Mr. Gas hopes to break ground next month and open in fall of this year, according to Monjar. A final agreement with CCDC could be signed next month.

“This is a big development and it feels like getting a truck stop there will be a good catalyst for more development in our area so I think it’s a great project,” CCDC board member Ryan Woodings said.

Lynch Land Development proposes to convert the empty site south of Interstate 84 off Eisenman Rd. for the project. It would include a large 11,010 square foot store building with a travel store and driver lounge. Crews would also build two separate fueling areas – one for trucks and another for automobiles.

Mr. Gas operates five stations in the Magic Valley, and started operations in 1923. It opened a large truck stop location in Jerome in 2018, featuring amenities like a car wash and RV lanes. The company started advertising in the Boise area in recent months, including a billboard on Interstate 84 directing drivers to the Jerome truck stop.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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 [email protected].

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