‘Something fantastic:’ Albertson foundation buys land for unspecified project near Boise River


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The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation recently purchased a large piece of land in Boise’s Barber Valley. But the foundation remains tight-lipped about just what it plans.

AFH Real Estate purchased 6.79 acres along E. Barber Valley Drive in the Barber Station development, near Marianne Williams Park. The site sits across the street from the Veranda Senior Living and next to the Park Place townhomes. AFH is controlled by JKAFF.

A spokesperson for the foundation said they have not yet fully solidified plans for the site, which borders the Boise River and Boise River Greenbelt. No trespassing signs went up around the empty lot earlier this month.

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Mission 43, Challenged Athletes Foundation

The foundation said it was working on “something fantastic,” which involves Mission 43 and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Mission 43 is a JKAF project that provides services to post-9/11 members of the armed forces as well as spouses. It helps in three areas: education, employment, and community engagement. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is a national organization that provides resources and equipment to help individuals with physical challenges be active and participate in sports.

“The foundation has a long history of respecting and preserving Boise’s beauty,” JKAF executive director Roger Quarles said in a statement. Everyone can expect that same commitment to our approach on this, and all projects that integrates with Boise’s parks and river system. The same care will be taken to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood where we hope to build.”

The Albertson foundation is one of Idaho’s largest philanthropic organizations, started by Albertsons founder Joe Albertson and his wife Kathryn. The foundation has no direct link to the grocery store chain of today and is separate from the similarly-named Albertsons Companies Foundation.

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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