1. City Disposition Plan in the West End
As a part of “Identifying Catalysts” and “Deliver Results”, we are investigating the possibility of the City selling its land holdings in the West End. If the City does indeed dispose of its property, it is possible to do so in a manner such that various aspects of development can be controlled by the City and various stakeholders. For example, it is plausible the City could require the following:
- · Pedestrian and bicycle friendly development without “super blocks” allowing various connectivity strategies.
- · A mix of uses, which could be integrated horizontally and/or vertically.
- · Development deadlines so that the community could be assured of timely development.
2. CCDC at Work
To “Market the Change” and “Engage the Community,” we are working with Rizen Creative to help develop the identity of the West End and build relationships with the business community. Over the next several months we will refine how urban renewal dollars can be best spent to further CCDC’s mission. In addition, be on the lookout for the West End Summit, which is planned for April 2nd at the Red Lion Downtown. This will be an opportunity to showcase the assets in the West End to a diverse audience, but also get feedback as to future development and business building.
3. Possibility for Multifamily in the West End
There are several parcels that could be well suited for multifamily development in the West End. With the amenities that already exist (proximity to downtown, the Greenbelt, the Boise River Park, etc.) or are planned (Esther Simplot Park, a neighborhood friendly 27th Street, etc.) there is a desire to live near our urban core. Various multifamily developers have expressed interest in the area, and we are hopeful that this type of development could be announced during 2014.
4. Review of the CCDC Capital Improvement Plan & 30th Street Master Plan
As we continue to pursue bringing good things to our newest Urban Renewal District, it is important that we check in with our progress and benchmarks as they may have been laid out in our guiding documents. The good news after reviewing the timelines and various benchmarks is that some adjustments may need to be made, and they are positive! By looking at the CCDC’s CIP or the Master Plan Implementation chapter, it appears we are ahead of schedule.
5. Rezone Passes Planning and Zoning Commission
The first major policy step in the West End is to rezone of a large portion of the Main/Fairview corridor to C-5, which would allow for a more urban development. In addition to the rezone, we are extending the P-3 Parking Overlay throughout the commercial zone along Main and Fairview to reduce the amount of required parking spots. This has passed Planning and Zoning and is scheduled to be heard by City Council on March 4th.