Saturday, April 23, 2011

CCDC Takes Up Two Major Projects

Posted By on Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

At Monday's meeting of The Capital City Development Corporation, the city's urban renewal agency will consider two large projects that are designed to change the landscape of the City of Trees.

CCDC will be asked to sign an updated Memorandum of Understanding with serveral partners (including Ada County, the cities of Boise, Eagle and Garden City, and the Idaho Transportation Department) to endorse the State Street Transit and Traffic Operational Plan (BW, News, "SSTTOP Waits for Green Light," April 13, 2011).

The latest recommended SSTTOP proposal would see State Street expanded to seven lanes between 23rd Street and Eagle Road, including HOV lanes and dedicated bicycle lanes.

According to a projection from the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, population near State Street is expected to grow 93 percent by 2035. Imagine dropping 26,590 extra cars into State Street traffic.

CCDC will also consider a contract to move forward with its Streetscape Project. A $393,000 bid is expected to be awarded to Wright Brothers Building to improve the block faces of 9th, 10th and Main streets, including new sidewalks, increasing the number of trees and streetlights, as well as the creation of new "gathering places."

CCDC will also mull negotiations with the Hosac Company over its plans to build a large condominium development at 620 S. 9th St. The so-called River 8 Condominiums would include three five-story residential towers and a two-story parking garage between Battery and Fulton streets.

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