Boise leaders discuss makeover for 30th Street

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by Nishi Gupta
Idaho's NewsChannel 7

NWCN.com

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:01 AM

BOISE -- Boise's planning and zoning leaders are discussing the city's 20 year plan.

They're reviewing key transportation, economic development and recreation possibilities.

One of the major projects with this plan, called the Boise Blueprint, is to give Boise's 30th street a make-over.

The quiet neighborhood street, near downtown, could become a major city road.

The city's view is that it's not living up to it's potential.

"It's a fantastic corridor. It'll change much about the outskirts of downtown," said Hal Simmons of Boise's Planning and Development Services. "It's basically vacant today. It's been abandoned by the retail industry it got kind off the beaten path when the connector was constructed and replaced it as the key route into downtown.” 

The plan is to get rid of dead ends on 30th street and build a road through existing land.

When completed, 30th Street would stretch continuously from Main Street to State Street.

"Development could be a good thing. We live really close to downtown so we're the obviously place for urban renewal," said Emily Yuen of the Veteran's Park Neighborhood Association.

She sees the positive in reviving 30th Street, but has reservations about traffic and noise.

"We've put band-aids on things right now but we haven't really dealt with remedies, such as the real need for a traffic study that shows the impact on our residential streets," she said.

The proposed 4-lane road will lead traffic right by two future projects: the Esther Simplot park and Ray Neef River Recreation Park.

Jo's Cassin's nearby recreation shop stands to profit from all of the attention, even though the road will carve into much of her property.

"It's kind of a peaceful quiet little area but now especially with the two parks the Esther Simplot park and the Ray Neef River Recreation park they're going to need access to get people in and out," Cassin of Idaho River Sports said.

Needing to move people in and out could mean removing some existing homes and apartments that might be in the road's way.

"It may be that for some of the street rights of way there will be some properties that will have to be taken out, that's probably true. But they're minimal," Simmons said.

The 30th street plan must be approved the city council.

Simmons says the city wouldn’t break ground for several years.
 

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