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Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

The combination of retail, residential, office and new stadium sounds great! With 10-20 acres of barren land 2 blocks away (27th & Fairview), seems like we've got the "right idea", in the "wrong spot".

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Posted by Beau Brazier on 10/04/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

Those of you with questions be sure to go to one of the meetings.
This isn't some huge pro sports stadium like the kind Mickey mentions.
It's a whole investment package that includes a small (5000 to 6000) multi-use stadium. From the article:
"We're talking about a $100 million investment in an area ... that has lagged behind the rest of downtown," Journee said. "Neither the public stadium nor the private development would be viable without the other. This is going to be a great catalyst for that part of downtown."
I think most people can agree that this area near Americana could use some investment.
They even admit that just a stadium would not be viable. Offices, retail, and new residences are part of the plan. All good things that tend to increase property values.
I do have questions: what potential retailers?, how likely is it that Boise gets the soccer team? Traffic doesn't concern me too much. I deal with downtown rush hour traffic just fine, and I don't foresee Hawks games overlapping with rush hour or being any worse.
I am actually very excited about the prospect of this.

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Posted by Brent Thorsen on 10/04/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

What a horrible idea. These stadiums are losers almost everywhere else they are built - and the bill is handed off to the taxpayer - again. There is a lot that is not being told about this crazy project.
All the noise, traffic congestion, disruption all summer, and harmful effects on the wildlife in Ann Morrison and K. Albertson parks is not being addressed. Once we loose this beautiful, peaceful place, it is gone forever.
If this owner/developer really wanted a new stadium, he would replace the one on Glenwood. Plenty of parking, bars & restaurants accross the street. Build two or three walk-overs on Glenwood (with escalators & elevators).

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Posted by Richard Neppl on 10/04/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

Change is always difficult, but this is a good idea. I think parking should be addressed, but maybe we'll ride our bikes down.

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Posted by Andyben on 10/04/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

A few questions: Is all the property in question owned by one entity? If not, why is that not reported? How will traffic be routed, given the ACHD proposal to cut in half the eastbound traffic from Emerald Street through Latah/Americana in favor of bicycle lanes? What are the supporters of this proposal NOT telling us? The heavy hand of government shoveth... it seems to me.

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Posted by The skeptic on 10/04/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

In my opinion, this is not about sports at all. This is about a developer, who also happens to be an owner of the Boise Hawks, wanting the city to build him a new stadium in a location that is more profitable from a development standpoint. In turn, he wants to own all the commercial and residential development around the stadium. He is donating the land to the city for the stadium. He is not foolish. He doesn't want to own the stadium, he wants the city to ultimately pay for it. I am a business owner at Americana and Shoreline and this area is growing just fine. 700 parking spaces for a potential 6,500 capacity stadium? What's next, build larger roads through Ann Morrison Park to handle the traffic? My opinion is we should allow another developer to use private funds to develop this area. Let's use our tax dollars to help the homeless in this area and improve the parks and public spaces.

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Posted by I love Boise on 10/04/2017 at 9:21 AM

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Boise,

This is a terrible idea to build in the neighborhood of Americana. Can you imagine the traffic issues? Its peaceful with the parks and Green Belt. The Hawkes are already on the River and Glenwood and State can handle the traffic. More Urban Development in the Garden City area would be positive. A more modern dual facility would be great, but not a new location.

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Posted by Jennifer E. on 10/04/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Boise Makes Case for Sports Park, Requests Public Input

Mickey -
Who/what/where is the source of your quote?
"Economists are nearly unanimous in their belief that publicly funded stadium projects are bad for cities, bad for citizens and bad for taxpayers."
It seems incredibly BROAD. Economists are rarely "nearly unanimous" in any belief.....

And who is paying for this web site?
https://www.concernedboisetaxpayers.com/re…

I'm just curious where you're getting these "facts."

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Posted by Jennifer McQuet on 10/03/2017 at 4:51 PM

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I love baseball and have attended games at Memorial Stadium since it was built. For a fraction of the cost of a brand new stadium, the existing stadium could be significantly upgraded. It has terrific FREE parking too.

Also, I live near the proposed Urban Renewal District and do not think that it qualifies for this designation.

Mary Abercrombie

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Posted by Mary Abercrombie on 10/03/2017 at 4:21 PM

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This article paints a rosy picture of the possible future of the stadium as proposed, and I would hope that all its predictions come true; unfortunately, with projects such as this, research suggests otherwise:

"Economists are nearly unanimous in their belief that publicly funded stadium projects are bad for cities, bad for citizens and bad for taxpayers."

For a comprehensive review of economic studies check the link below:
https://www.concernedboisetaxpayers.com/review-the-research/

And to receive further information, sign up via the link below:
https://www.concernedboisetaxpayers.com/updates/

Mickey Myhre, MD

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Posted by Mickey M. on 10/03/2017 at 10:30 AM


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