Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Boise Council to Shakespeare Festival, Adjacent Land Owners: Work It Out

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

After a Tuesday night meeting that stretched into Wednesday morning before adjourning at 1 a.m. today, the Boise City Council had a message for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and developers who want to build a community of 43 homes near the festival: Please work out your differences. In fact, the city agreed to pick up the tab of the first mediation session between the two parties. Any mediation that goes beyond one session would have to be on the parties' dime.

The Boise City Council agreed to annex approximately 12 acres near the Shakespeare Festival in Boise's East End, but the Council also denied the developers' plans to build the new community. In fact, the city stipulated that only one home could be built on the land near the Festival.

But that doesn't mean that the final chapter has been written on the issue. City officials expressed optimism that dialogue could continue between the Shakespeare Festival and the owners of the land, just east of the Festival's Warm Springs campus. Shakespeare officials say they're hoping to raise enough money to possibly buy the adjacent land.

Last September, the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission denied the landowners' application to build their proposed 43-home development, which led the developers to take their appeal to the City Council.

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