Originally Posted by Cottonwood
There is an Idaho statewide thread which many local forumers seem to not get too involved in...maybe politics can be talked about in that thread, I could even rename it. I personally do not see an issue with a post or two being a bit off topic in the development thread because development is kind of slow this week
Discussion about the development on Parkcenter came to a halt last week and after that Sawtooth posted some great development pics which only Hawk and myself have commented on.
Hard to have development without politics. In fact, one of the most difficult things about development is dealing with permits and inspections and the P&Z department. If we want to see more development near downtown, or in Boise in general we should contact the Mayor and council regularly and remind them to ease up a bit, and this is coming from a mayor and council supporter.
Even the whitewater park had to jump through Boise P&Z hoops which weren't demanded by Garden City even though Boise City limits end at the river bank on the Boise side. In other words, nearly the entire project was within Garden City city limits. I'm talking about the Boise River System permit that Parks and Rec had to pull. Is Boise nuts? That area was already a wreck from decades of mismanagement.
I've spoken to quite a few builders who simply gave up on Boise due to the difficulties, and they shifted their focus to Meridian or Star etc. Sure it's a double edged sword, more quantity often means less quality.
Indeed, that Parkcenter Blvd Bella Borgo V 2.0 is already controversial.
Talk to WS Mesa builders about their dealings with ACHD. Look at how Boise delayed the 30th St extension at least twice, once for the 30th St Master Plan and then again for a traffic circle that's arguably unnecessary and eats up significant sq footage of ES Park.
FWIW, I'm going to get out on my bike and take some construction pics soon as it warms up and we get good light. Probably this weekend. The office at Shoreline and Americana is nearly done with rough framing. Framing should start any day now on the Riverview Rehab. A bunch of work has been done on and around the Pioneer Path.