1. First West End business owner meeting!
As a part of “Developing the Team” and “Engaging the Community”, we held the first West End business owner meeting to discuss things that could be done in the area to help bring life to the West End. We anticipate having a minimum of 4 events over the next year to help bring people and new ideas to this part of town. The West End businesses are excited to drive this effort.
2. Neighborhood meeting held and rezone application submitted.
To help “Eliminate Roadblocks” and “Identify Catalysts,” the rezone and parking overlay expansion process is underway. A neighborhood meeting was held on November 12th with good attendance and some positive feedback. In addition, the application was submitted and should be heard in January by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This may be one of the only City initiated rezone applications where additional property owners want to be included!
3. Final design of 27th Street agreed upon.
Through some great cooperation between ACHD, CCDC, and the City of Boise a final design on 27th Street has been agreed upon. With an effort to “Deliver Results” and “Eliminate Roadblocks” we will see a greatly improved 27th Street neighborhood with bike lanes, 2 lanes of through traffic instead of 4, and streetscape improvements to include bulb-outs at 3 intersections.
4. The West End logo is getting close.
With the help of the community and various stakeholders, we are working on “Marketing the Change” and “Engaging the Community” by collecting feedback about the logos and revising the concepts to come up with a design that resonates well with the West End. We should have a final logo by the end of December!
5. Working with stakeholders to identify projects in the near term.
Because of our efforts we have seen increased interest in the West End, and it is important to start finding projects that can keep this momentum moving forward. There have been several projects brought to our attention and we are working to get some of them off the ground.
Things to be watching for…
1. Ground breaking on medical office building!
The medical office building at the corner of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Main Street is getting close to start demolition on the current building and begin construction of their new office. We should see some activity on this corner within the next 30 days.
2. More on connectivity.
With the great partnership between ACHD, CCDC, and the City of Boise we anticipate lots more to come on implementing some of the complete street concepts in the West End Master Plan (aka The 30th St Master Plan). We are already seeing some great strides with a buffered bike lane on Main Street west of Whitewater Park Boulevard, and wouldn’t it be great to see a more pedestrian & bike friendly Main and Fairview?