'Well, You Have to Start Somewhere:' Boise Mayor Bieter Will No Longer Be the 'Mayor Without Streets' 

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When the Boise City Council meets in its regularly session on Tuesday, Aug. 28, it will be asked to approve an acceptance of some of those most-coveted real estate in the city's downtown core: The Grove Plaza and two blocks of Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets.

In was December 2016 when Boise Weekly first reported on the the so-called "sunset" of the Central District, the first urban renewal district in the history of Idaho. The urban renewal agency, better known as the Capital City Development Corporation, closed the books on the Central District at the end of 2017, meaning CCDC could no longer deem the downtown core as a taxing district. As a result, CCDC had to decide which entity should be the recipient of The Grove Plaza and the two blocks of Eighth Street. Even though the Ada County High District lords over every other road and street in the area, CCDC decided to transfer the road to the City of Boise.

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"Well, you have to start somewhere," Mayor Dave Bieter told BW when asked about the transfer in 2016.  Bieter had been previously dubbed "El alcalde sin calles" (Spanish translation: "The mayor without streets"), by a councilwoman from Bilbao, Spain.

"That stretch of Eighth Street has been so important, so successful," Bieter told BW. "Without that catalyst, I think it's fair to say that there's no way we would have the vibrancy we have."

So, on Aug. 28, the Boise City Council will have the option of signing off on a "quitclaim deed" for the Grove Plaza and Eighth Street, a document typically used in real estate transfers where there is no sale or transfer of funds.
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