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You Asked: What’s going up on the site of the torn-down school?

A long-vacant former school site has seen new activity in recent weeks, years after crews tore the school down.

Jackson Elementary opened in the early 1960s, serving students on the Boise Bench. It operated for nearly 50 years, until the district replaced it and several other schools with newer, more modern schools. For a time, the building served a variety of other purposes, but by 2011 stood empty. District officials decided to tear the school down in 2014, part of a wave of school demolitions around the time – including the historic Cole School on Fairview Ave.

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Now, there’s new construction happening at the site on Cole Rd. near the Boise Auto Mall. Several BoiseDev readers asked about the activity.

Since the demolition, members of the public used the school site and its parking lot to park for athletic events held in the former Jackson Elementary field. Borah High School students use the site for practice and some competitions — despite its location roughly a mile from the high school campus. The Jackson site provides overflow from on-campus sports uses.

Site plan for a new parking lot for Borah HS on the former Jackson School site. Via SPF Water Engineering

Now, the temporary nature of parking will see a more permanent upgrade.

“This project seeks to replace the existing parking area with a properly paved asphalt parking lot to support sporting events and practices,” Justin Leraris with SPF Water Engineering wrote in an application letter. “New parking lot lighting is also proposed for this project for security and convenience to users.”

The project involves removing the remnants of the former Jackon parking lot and blacktop and paving the site and building a more conventional parking lot.

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 [email protected].

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