Boise Councilman Ludwig's Proposed Downtown Towers Get Green Light From Colleagues 

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Following nearly one hour of discussion with city staff, the Boise City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve fellow Councilman Scot Ludwig's proposal to build two towers—one of them eleven stories and the other nine stories—joined by a sky bridge across Broad Street in downtown's Central Addition neighborhood. Voting in favor of the project were council members Elaine Clegg, T.J. Thomson and Holli Woodings. Voting against the proposal were Council President Lauren McClean and Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez. Ludwig was not a part of the discussion as he was not present for Tuesday's session.

According to the revised plan, Ludwig's development would place the taller of the two towers on Fifth Street, between Broad and Front streets; and the second tower at the corner of Fifth and Front streets. The buildings will include some residences, retail and more than 300 parking spaces, 80 of them available to the public on weekdays. Developers said the starting price of the condos would be about $280,000.

Initially, opponents like Preservation Idaho argued that the project was "heavily skewed towards parking spaces and less toward urban housing." The City's Planning and Zoning Commission agreed, triggering Ludwig's appeal to the City Council. Ludwig argued that the P&Z commissioners put too great an emphasis on the project's height before rejecting the initial plans.

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