Urban Renewal Districts

 

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The River-Myrtle Old Boise (RMOB) District consisted of mostly vacant property, warehouses, and remnants of older industrial uses when it was first established in 1996. The formation of the RMOB District was a community-directed effort to assure that downtown Boise remains the foremost urban center in the region for business, government, culture, education, and urban living. The district’s plan set-forth a vision for the area that maintained the urban vitality of the downtown core, while extending it into the larger downtown area and created a place that is attractive to fundamental industries, cutting edge companies, and the workforce they employ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Westside District aims to
reinvigorate the nearly 50 blocks immediately
west of the downtown core and help shape a
healthy, thriving urban neighborhood with
a strong sense of place. City leaders and
community members created a shared vision
for the area in the district’s masterplan that
called for more housing choices, walkable urban
neighborhood streets, and a rich mix of uses
where people live, work, visit, and enjoy being
part of the city center.

 

 

 

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The 30th Street district was envisioned as a
premier urban place celebrating its unique location
between the Boise River Corridor and downtown. Once home
to many auto-oriented businesses including several car
dealerships, large parcels of land were vacated when a new
direct east-west route from downtown, the I-184 Connector,
was opened in 1992. The reduced traffic affected the area’s
commercial prospects and large tracts of empty commercial
lots are still vacant today. With a focus on the surrounding
neighborhoods, the 30th Street master plan seeks to enhance
the area to allow for revitalization that broadens the range of
housing, employment, neighborhood-oriented services and
amenities, transportation options, and arts and culture in the
area while honoring and strengthening the existing character
of the neighborhoods.

 

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As one of CCDC’s newest districts, Shoreline is
a diverse, mixed-use area tied together by the
Greenbelt and Boise River. The district has abundant
recreational resources with opportunities to increase
connectivity and allow for safe, complete access to the
natural amenities. The objectives and desired outcomes
for the Shoreline District were guided by community
conversations, on-site tours and observations, existing
community planning documents, and on-going efforts
from stakeholders and partners. A desired vision for the
area seeks to solve public infrastructure deficiencies in
the Lusk Street neighborhood, revitalize the riverfront
neighborhood, and enhance the District’s many amenities.

 

 

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Gateway East is a largely undeveloped part
of Boise that, due to its location and zoning,
is a prime area. A first of its kind, the Gateway
East urban renewal district holds opportunity
to solve public infrastructure deficiencies in the
area southeast of the Boise Airport, revitalize the
Eisenman Road corridor and enhance opportunities
for economic and industrial development in the
district. City leaders and community members
shared a vision for the area that seeks to diversify
Boise’s economy, create quality jobs, and plan for
industrial growth by improving infrastructure and
promoting industrial development in and around
Boise’s Airport Planning Area.

 

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The State Street District holds the opportunity for CCDC to assist with redevelopment of the State Street corridor from an auto-dominated commercial corridor into a series of walkable, mixed-use activity centers supportive of high-quality transit service between Eagle and Downtown Boise. This assistance could include utility upgrades, construction of civic amenities—such as parks, pathways, and public art—and enhancing economic opportunities for businesses and residents along State Street. The City of Boise determined the study area eligible for urban renewal assistance and directed Capital City Development Corporation, Boise’s redevelopment agency, to proceed with the State Street District formation process by Resolution 228-19 on June 4, 2019.