A June meeting brought forward some great news about West End development plans, but it also brought to light some concerns with long term connectivity and parking solutions. By 2020, there is over $150 million of planned development in the West End and the need for over 1500 parking spaces, which could amount to over 10 acres if it were all surface parked. In the coming months and years, these developments need a cohesive strategy to realize a synergistic vision.
The old Midas building at the corner of 27th & Fairview Avenue has sold to an investor group, and the Jerry’s Market property has sold to a developer. The owners of the Midas would love to find an interesting adaptive reuse of the property, while the developers who purchased Jerry’s Market are looking to do a mixed use project.
With initial funding from CCDC and additional resources from the City of Boise, Whittier Elementary students worked collaboratively with Blackrock Forge in 2015 to design this art project. The designs obtained approval from the City of Boise and the Boise School District and are currently being fabricated with anticipation of a mid-July installation. Won’t it be fun for the students to see their designs incorporated into an art project at their school!
Jerry’s Market, an icon in the West End, has shut its doors, but could there be something on the horizon for this property? With the anticipation of Esther Simplot Park opening, in addition to many other positive developments within the West End, one has to wonder if something is in the planning stages for this great corner. Stay tuned in the coming months.
As one of the nation’s fastest growing community colleges since its inception, CWI is investigating how to best handle the demand for educational services. Part of this plan is likely to include expansion on its current campus in Canyon County and also ideas on how to best grow an Ada County campus. In the next several months we will be learning more on how CWI plans to finance its growth and become a catalyst for further development within the West End.
The City of Boise sees the great benefits of downtown housing, and Adare Manor plans to bring an additional 120 units to our downtown. This 2.5 acre project is planned to be a mixed income development and will be at 24th Street and Fairview Avenue. Two years ago the Main & Fairview corridor had about 29 acres of vacant land ready for development, and with this most recent announcement, only 10 acres remain with no development plans.