Senior Community, New Life for Armory Highlight State of City 

“I’m pleased to tell you about something called ‘The Terraces,’ a brand new retirement community to be built in Harris Ranch.”

When Mayor Dave Bieter stepped before nearly 1,000 attendees of his State of the City address June 5 at the Boise Centre, he was flanked by some familiar faces, including six colleagues from the Boise City Council.

"Three of them are under the age of 40," said Bieter, referring to Council Members Lauren McLean, Ben Quintana and TJ Thomson. "It's great that they can work with us old people."

Time has quickly caught up to the 52-year-old Bieter, who, only three years ago was the youngest member of the council. In fact, the biggest announcement in his 2012 State of the City was a new senior community, which would be all too anxious to welcome the mayor someday.

"I'm pleased to tell you about something called 'The Terraces,' a brand new retirement community to be built in Harris Ranch," said Bieter. "The project will include 150 residences and health-care services on-site."

The Terraces, a $68 million, 13-acre campus, is expected to break ground east of Eckart Road this fall. According to Bieter, construction will bring 200 jobs and, when complete, 150 full-time positions would be created to service the community.

Bieter's other big news was of particular interest to the city's East Enders, who have been staring at the long-abandoned Boise Armory for decades.

"Some new developers are very tentative about publicity," said Bieter.

But following hizzoner's very public announcement, the city was buzzing about California-based J&M Land's plans to purchase and renovate the armory.

"They'll be under way with their zoning approval process in the next couple of weeks," said Bieter. "Construction could begin within a couple of months."

Bieter also offered a report card on The Greenhouse, a business incubator he first announced in his 2009 State of the City and which opened in September 2010.

"I'm pleased to announce our first graduation from The Greenhouse," he said. "Affinity Amp, a mobile software company, is ready to move on. But I'm also excited to announce that Anboto is moving in."

Anboto, a Web customer service and e-commerce technology firm, was chosen as "start-up of the year" in the 2010 Innovate 100 list of international start-ups. More importantly, at least to Bieter, is that Anboto is based in Spain's Basque country. The three-term mayor is a second-generation Basque American.

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