Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Alls Well That Ends Well: Foundation for Parks and Land Acquires Barber Mills Estates, Ends Shakespeare Drama

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

It appears that the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has emerged victorious in its battle to keep a planned community from crowding its East End home—with big help from the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Land.

The foundation will formally announce Friday, March 7, that it is acquiring the 12 acres known as Barber Mills Estate.

During its 2013 summer season, the Shakespeare Festival asked its audiences to sign petitions to push back against a proposal to build a 43-home development next door. And in September, the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission denied the landowners' application to build the new community, which led the developers to take their appeal to the City Council. In January, the City Council agreed to annex approximately 12 acres near the Shakespeare Festival, but also denied the developers' appeal to build the housing. Ultimately, city officials asked the Shakespeare Festival and developers to work out their differences.

And now, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Land, which lists its goals as promoting "the acquisition, preservation, conservation and maintenance of open spaces and related ecosystems," will announce its takeover of the 12 acres.

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