State Education Board Mulls Two Big Boise State Projects 

'The university is seeking to establish a presence in downtown Boise.'

Boise State is eyeing 8,800 square feet at 301 Capitol Boulevard.

Andrew Crisp

Boise State is eyeing 8,800 square feet at 301 Capitol Boulevard.

When the Idaho State Board of Education convenes Wednesday, Dec. 12 for a two-day session in Coeur d'Alene, members will be asked to consider two very big -- but little talked-about -- property deals for Boise State University.

With a price tag of $1.65 million, Boise State is looking for permission to buy 8,800-square-feet of commercial space at 301 Capitol Boulevard in Boise's BODO District.

"The university is seeking to establish a presence in downtown Boise," reads the proposal from Boise State. "The cost is $186.40 per square foot. The cost for the university to construct similar space on campus (and not in downtown) would be approximately $200 per square foot."

Boise State is looking for authorization from the state board to purchase the property, existing furniture (custom-built desks and conference room), audio-visual equipment and fixtures, using the university's institutional reserves.

Boise State is proposing to use the space for what it calls "business and industry outreach." Other possible uses, according to the university, include a relocation of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Center on Main, or course offerings for Boise State's Bachelor of General Studies degree.

Meanwhile, the State Board will also be asked to mull Boise State Public Radio's plan to renovate the second floor of the Yanke Family Research Park to accommodate the broadcast operations for the public radio station. The total budget for the massive project, which would include on-air studios, office and conference space, and technical operations, tops $1.1 million.

Boise State Public Radio moved its administrative, underwriting and development staff to the first floor of the Parkcenter Boulevard location earlier this year and is now prepared to move forward with the remainder of the project, which will ultimately see the radio station move from the Boise State campus.

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