ACHD has been working with a technical consultant, Tetratech, to look at designing green stormwater infrastructure in the Main/Fairview corridor. We received the draft report in December, and it is being reviewed by both the City and ACHD. In this report, the block between 24th and 25th Street on Fairview Avenue were designed to determine how much stormwater could be handled and how much this infrastructure would cost to implement. This report shows a reduction in 1 travel lane (from 4 to 3 lanes) and the addition of on street parking, which also coincides with the City’s master plan vision.
2. Boise School District & Success at Whittier Elementary
We met with the leaders at Boise School District to discuss the urban renewal district, as well as the long term needs of Whittier Elementary. During this meeting, it was great to hear that Whittier has a dual language program, which has been tremendously successful. The school is now at capacity and has a waiting list for those wanting to enroll. Great news for the West End!
3. Utilizing the DEQ Brownfield Program
As we work with the Department of Environmental Quality and their brownfield program to evaluate the 2 city owned properties in the West End, it is becoming apparent that this program is a great asset for our community. This program is great at helping to determine the environmental impacts our past activities have on our current development desires.
4. Connectivity in the West End
As you drive down Main Street or Fairview Avenue in the West End, you quickly realize that this area is dominated by the automobile with large, wide roads, and big blocks. The Main and Fairview corridors are great at moving a lot of cars, but they are not so good at making a bicyclist feel safe. In addition, because the blocks are so large, the pedestrian scale is lost. We have been looking at various scenarios and meeting with ACHD to investigate breaking up the super blocks to help improve connectivity, give the area a more pedestrian scale, and improve safety for our bicyclists.