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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.

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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

 

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. This is part two of our conversation with these national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

 

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Haley Falconer doesn’t train falcons – at least at this point – but she does work to help meet the City of Boise’s goal to become the most livable city in the country. I spoke with Haley about her role as the Sustainability Coordinator and Boise’s first “LIVability Report” she has been developing that will be released in April. We discuss the background of LIV Boise, the LIVability Report, and the myriad of programs and goals a sustainability coordinator for a city helps to advance.

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Ave BSt. Luke’s representatives join Charlie on the show Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm to discuss the proposed master plan for the expansion of the downtown Boise campus from their perspective. Guests include Jeff Hull, the Director of Architecture and Construction for St. Luke’s, and Theresa McLeod, the Director of Community Relations for St. Luke’s. The third guest is Betsy Roberts who is a Senior Engineer with CH2M Hill who did the Traffic Impact Study (section 5 in the appendix of the plan) to inform the master plan with regards to vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic, planning, and community connectivity.

Do the proposed mitigation plans for bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle traffic adequately offset the loss of connectivity with the closure of one block of Jefferson? What has been the process for developing the preferred “north expansion” option and what are the health care delivery, design, and construction guidelines and constraints that make other options unfeasible? These are just a couple of the questions the St. Luke’s representatives will address.

Last week Charlie interviewed two representatives from the East End neighborhood about their feelings on the proposed master plan. Much of the controversy centers around the proposed closure of one block of Jefferson St. where East End residents can walk, bike or drive downtown instead of passing around the campus through the Warm Springs/Ave B/Idaho/Main intersection.

The Boise City Council will hold a workshop on the latest iteration of the master plan on Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm during the regular evening city council meeting. Public testimony won’t be taken during that workshop but opportunity for public comment will be announced some time after the council workshop on the issue.

Tune into Building a Greener Idaho Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm via 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM Boise, or stream it live on www.radioboise.us. The podcast will be available immediately following the broadcast.

 

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