At least one City of Boise official has concerns about Boise State's expanding footprint in the city's university district.
“There’s a couple of things that I’m really happy about, and a couple of others that I’m worried about,” said City Council Member Elaine Clegg. “Densifying the area between University and Beacon is good, but it’s happening off the tax rolls.”
Clegg referred to instances when private residences or businesses, which pay property taxes, give way to university development, which becomes tax-exempt state property, reducing the municipality's tax base.
But Bronco nation-building continues:
"With the amount of space we calculated that we need [for new buildings] in this expansion zone, we would probably require another 1 million square-feet, " said James Maguire, associate vice president for campus planning and facilities. "But that's a long way down the road."
In Wednesday's BW, we examine Boise State's expanding identity and the implications to its neighborhood and the entire region.