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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 8:32 PM
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i'm not sure if this relates to anything currently going on downtown but did anyone else hear like 4 or 5 loud booms this morning?
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i'm not sure if this relates to anything currently going on downtown but did anyone else hear like 4 or 5 loud booms this morning?
Just boisebro blowin' sh!t up....
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 11:55 PM
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Per Brian Murphy, new Boise State football facilities are breaking ground Thursday! Yet another project under construction (in addition to Eighth and Main, JUMP, Whole Foods, Whitewater park, and the Stadium Expansion).

http://idahobusinessreview.com/2012/...rket-tightens/

Class-A office market tightens
by Brad Carlson
Published: April 9,2012
Time posted: 4:22 pm
Tags: Commercial Real Estate, Leasing, Office space

The market for corporate-style “Class-A” office space tightened in the Boise area in the first quarter. Vacancy in Class-A office space averaged 11.8 percent in the first quarter, down from 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, a report by Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate said.

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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:41 AM
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i'm not sure if this relates to anything currently going on downtown but did anyone else hear like 4 or 5 loud booms this morning?
Not today, but last fall I heard several loud booms. I was on the greenbelt around the Julia Davis Band Shell area and the booms seemed to be coming from the east side of downtown. Seriously it sounded like TNT. Weird. Sorry Cottonwood if we're going off topic, but the only thing I've ever heard that loud was construction related. So who or what...?

About the missing Compton Warehouse, I love the view coming in from the west now. You can see the Foster's building and that whole block now.
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Interesting read BoiseAirport-

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The market for corporate-style “Class-A” office space tightened in the Boise area in the first quarter. Vacancy in Class-A office space averaged 11.8 percent in the first quarter, down from 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, a report by Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate said.
I'm wondering which projects will resume after few more months of this type of growth. At this point it seems that Capitol Plaza is still a while away, but the second phase of One Capitol seems reasonable due to its proposed size and location.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:48 AM
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Yes, I somewhat agree with you, but if you've driven by the site, it's clear where these newly announced tenants will be located. The power center portion fronting Eagle Road is what is currently under construction. It's a typical commercial center linear layout, with all front loaded parking, and is suited to these types of tenants.

However, the portion where most of the "New to Idaho" tenants will be is in the Lifestyle Center component with a Town Square layout, which is on the south side of the new Big Al's. There are several pieces of construction equipment in that area now, so hopefully the structures will begin rising by end of spring. This is where the movie theater, sit-down restaurants, and higher-end brands will be located. None of these have been announced as of now, so let's remain optimistic and wait until the big news comes, which I expect will happen sometime this summer.
That makes more sense. I was under the impression that those 5 new tenants were part of the "lifestyle center."
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 12:17 PM
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Interesting read BoiseAirport-



I'm wondering which projects will resume after few more months of this type of growth. At this point it seems that Capitol Plaza is still a while away, but the second phase of One Capitol seems reasonable due to its proposed size and location.
One of the things Rafanelli & Nahas noted in their e-mail to me was that before they build Capitol Plaza, they would likely develop the parcels around Boise Plaza first. I recall a while back they had a proposal for several mid-size (6-12 floors) office and hotel developments. I remember seeing a rough rendering, but I can't find it anywhere.

Weirdly enough, my opinion has changed quite a bit about Capitol Plaza. I used to think it was one of the most beautiful proposals for Boise, but now I find it to be a little bit of an awkward design that doesn't really mesh with the skyline very well. I think it's actually a problem with location rather than the architecture or scale, it's like the building doesn't feel "right" in that particular lot. One of the lots surrounding the Boise Plaza would be far better for that structure, I think.

But even then, I recall that R&N was not happy about the selection of location for the transit center, and threatened to back out of all projects for the downtown area if the center was built. So I don't know if either project will ever happen.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 2:53 PM
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nimby news:

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BOISE -- Monday night the Boise City Planning and Zoning commission denied a proposal, which has received much opposition.

A planned development next to Loggers Creek off Parkcenter Boulevard was back before the Boise City Planning and Zoning commission for review.

A Ketchum developer bought the land last year and his plan calls for 287 units on 13 acres. However neighbors close by say the plan is too dense. The zoning and planning commission asked the developer to meet with opposed residents and discuss a compromise, but after three meetings, neighbors still aren't happy.

Boise City Current Planner, Cody Riddle said the developer has not decreased the units, but instead spaced them differently as well as change the height of one of the buildings. City planners approved recommendation for the proposed project.

"We felt like it complied the first time and we have recommended approval again but there are definitely some subjective issues in terms of compatibility and just how it will impact neighbors that the commission has to weigh,” said Riddle.

Opposing neighbors say the dense housing will decrease the value of their homes. They are also concerned about wildlife habitat next to Loggers Creek. The commission heard public comment Monday evening, but ultimately denied the request. Now the applicant has ten days to appeal the decision.
http://www.ktvb.com/news/Proposed-Pa...146755415.html
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:12 PM
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Dang... that's too bad.
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Here's an interesting, if a bit depressing, article on the food scene here in Boise. Definitely worth a read.

http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/tal...nt?oid=2629799

Tales of a Food Critic: The Highs and Lows of Boise's Food Scene
by Guy Hand
April 04, 2012

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Beyond Idaho, we may be famous for that one ubiquitous tuber, but we're less renowned for our restaurant scene. So, when Providence Cicero, the chair of the James Beard Foundation's award committee, emailed me in June 2011, asking if I'd represent Idaho on the panel that nominates chefs and restaurants for the influential James Beard Awards, I was flattered but also a little conflicted.

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But, why, you may ask, is a vibrant, award-winning restaurant culture important? Society clearly doesn't require restaurants to survive, nor would it take much intellectual effort to write them off as unnecessary indulgences or worse. I'd argue, though, that a vibrant restaurant scene is as fundamental, as essential a cultural expression as the visual arts, music and literature. And without a vibrant restaurant scene, culinary creativity can bleed away from a community.

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"The most successful restaurants in this valley currently are Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory and Applebee's, and these are restaurants that are busy day in and day out--and that's kind of a sad commentary. Even though they're employing local people to cook and wait tables and clean the restaurant, the money is primarily going out of state."

Yet Kelly holds out hope for Idaho's food future.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:19 PM
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Not today, but last fall I heard several loud booms. I was on the greenbelt around the Julia Davis Band Shell area and the booms seemed to be coming from the east side of downtown. Seriously it sounded like TNT. Weird. Sorry Cottonwood if we're going off topic, but the only thing I've ever heard that loud was construction related. So who or what...?

About the missing Compton Warehouse, I love the view coming in from the west now. You can see the Foster's building and that whole block now.
You are not going off topic
Now I am curious about the booms too.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:22 PM
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Definitely looking forward to all of the outdoor activites in our city this year.



http://voices.idahostatesman.com/201...day_stage_race

Idaho's Exergy Tour announces courses for May's 5-day stage race

The Exergy Tour announced the courses for its inaugural women's professional race May 24-28 in Idaho. The race will begin and end in Boise and visit Nampa, Kuna, Garden Valley/Crouch and Idaho City.

"We want the route to be a postcard for the state of Idaho and the Treasure Valley, said Heather Hill, the tour's marketing director. “Idaho isn't just mountains, it isn't just downtown Boise, or lake and river front Canyon County, or small farm communities, it is a mix of all of these and the people that call them home. We have been welcomed by all of these people and plan to show their communities to the world."

Seventeen of the top women's pro cycling teams and riders from nine countries are scheduled to compete, including Boise Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. The event — the highest-ranked women's stage race in North America — is one of the last chances for riders to earn points toward Olympic qualification for the 2012 London Games.
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i can't put a finger on those explosions or whatever they were i'm thinking it could have been cause by them hammering something into the ground with that huge hammer that has to be hoisted up by a crane but i know of no construction site that currently is that far into construction as of yet.
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*facepalm*

http://idahobusinessreview.com/2012/...l-hearing-set/

Student housing project appeal hearing set
by Brad Carlson
Published: April 10,2012
Time posted: 6:34 pm

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The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of a five-story housing project targeted to college students is being appealed by the owner of a neighboring office building. Eileen Barber is appealing Boise P&Z’s approval of a height exception for the student housing project planned on just over 3.4 acres at 1004 W. Royal Blvd.
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*facepalm*

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Student housing project appeal hearing set
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that's got to be one of the dumbest appeals in a city full of dumb appeals.

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Old Posted Apr 11, 2012, 3:08 PM
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http://idahobusinessreview.com/2012/...l-hearing-set/

Student housing project appeal hearing set
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Published: April 10,2012
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I watched the report last night on the news about how happy the people are by Loggers Creek that the city denied the project on Parkcenter. So instead of attractive buildings, grounds, etc. they want to keep looking at a huge eyesore of a bare lot I really hope the developer appeals or redesigns, but he is probably burnt out on the nimbys. Now this? why would that owner care about the height of the proposed apartments when her dinky little office building has a river view?
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I watched the report last night on the news about how happy the people are by Loggers Creek that the city denied the project on Parkcenter. So instead of attractive buildings, grounds, etc. they want to keep looking at a huge eyesore of a bare lot I really hope the developer appeals or redesigns, but he is probably burnt out on the nimbys. Now this? why would that owner care about the height of the proposed apartments when her dinky little office building has a river view?

These people are delivering what they feel is right FOR THEM...not for you.

There are a ton of reasons for the height restrictions on buildings, They live there and they can make their own choice without. Seriously, I have seen this BS on so many boards. You are definitely not the arbirator of height...especially to the people who are not directly involved where they live.

What a bozo.
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These people are delivering what they feel is right FOR THEM...not for you.

There are a ton of reasons for the height restrictions on buildings, They live there and they can make their own choice without. Seriously, I have seen this BS on so many boards. You are definitely not the arbirator of height...especially to the people who are not directly involved where they live.

What a bozo.
Who are you calling a bozo?
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Who are you calling a bozo?
I think NYC Rick was calling you a bozo, Cottonwood. However, I wouldn't take it too hard - Ricky can't even spell. Ricky-o, heads up for the future when you call the excellent moderator of this forum a bozo, get your words right: it's arbiter, or you could even have used arbitrator, pretty sure it isn't 'arbirator.' Whose the bozo?
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I think NYC Rick was calling you a bozo, Cottonwood. However, I wouldn't take it too hard - Ricky can't even spell. Ricky-o, heads up for the future when you call the excellent moderator of this forum a bozo, get your words right: it's arbiter, or you could even have used arbitrator, pretty sure it isn't 'arbirator.' Whose the bozo?
LOL, I think he posts often while drunk. He was suspended in the past for behaving badly so I am going to have a chat with him via pm. I tell you, there are a handful of forumers here who rep Utah/SLC as does NYC(SLC) Rick and they really create a ruckus. I was pretty forgiving to him in the past.....
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