I spoke with Erin Sorensen from the Veterans Park Neighborhood Association about an affordable housing development plans for a lot on Whitewater Blvd in Boise’s West End. She is a board member of NeighborWorks Boise  and a housing advocate. We discussed the Sandhill Crane apartment project proposed by the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority and their development partner Affordable Housing Solutions.

The Sandhill Crane Apartment proposal stirred up significant resistance from neighbors who say that there are several reasons the project is not a good fit as currently proposed. Erin explained the nuance behind the reasons neighbors feel this way in the context of the broader neighborhood and the investments being made to infrastructure, housing, and amenities.

The Idaho Business Review (IBR) has taken on a big job, providing subscribers the high-value business news, leads and analysis they need to succeed in Idaho’s dynamic marketplace. Buildings of course, are an essential component of most business models. Recognizing the important relationship between our buildings and our economy, the IBR produces a quarterly publication titled Square Feet. Focused on real estate and construction, Square Feet augments the IBR’s daily online content and weekly printed business news. Join me as I interview IBR Editor Anne Wallace Allen and IBR Web Editor Erika Sather-Smith and we dive into Square Feet 2016 Volume 2, Industrial Strength. During our interview, we take a closer look at what’s driving the current strong demand for industrial real estate in Idaho and discover that via building reuse, energy efficiency and LEED® green building certification, industrial real estate is firmly embedded in the process of building a greener Idaho.

Anne Wallace Allen, Editor, Idaho Business Review

Anne Wallace Allen, Editor, Idaho Business Review

Erika Sather-Smith, Web Editor, Idaho Business Review

Erika Sather-Smith, Web Editor, Idaho Business Review



My interview with Anne and Erika airs on Radio Boise 07-26-2016. You can listen to by tuning in to Radio Boise Tuesday @ 3 PM on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream online @ http://www.radioboise.org. Use the player below to listen to a podcast of the interview.



Got an idea for a show? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us at buildingagreeneridaho@gmail.com


“Building a Greener Idaho brings you stories from the intersection of sustainability planning and economic development. It isn’t always wise to hold conversations in an intersection. Welcome to Radio Boise!”

Per the tongue and cheek intro above, it was our pleasure to sit down recently with the writer and narrator of Welcome to Nigh Vale, Jeffrey Cranor and Cecil Baldwin. A conversation slightly outside the norm for our regular listeners, we hope you enjoy this discussion about story telling on community radio.

Ever wondered about who’s building/buying tiny homes in Idaho?

A Tiny Home by Wheeler Homes

Find out the answers to this question, and more, through a conversation with Sean Wheeler and Russ Bridges of Wheeler (Tiny) Homes.


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