Boise Sports Park won't happen at Americana and Shoreline, could rise elsewhere

Boise Sports Park won't happen at Americana and Shoreline, could rise elsewhere

A proposal by Greenstone Properties for a Downtown Boise stadium and multi-use development will not happen at a site at Americana and Shoreline, according to city councilor and CCDC board member Scot Ludwig.

Ludwig said the project could move to another site nearby.

So why the site change?

"I assume changing sites is a result of Greenstone listening to Boiseans' valid concerns about the Americana site," Ludwig said.

For its part, St. Luke's Health System, which owns the Americana and Shoreline site says it is still working with Greenstone, according to a spokesperson.

Whitewater Park Blvd. on deck?

 

Several sources who declined to be named on the record tell BoiseDev that new site could be land currently owned by LocalConstruct on the southeast corner of Whitewater Park Blvd. and Main St. This parcel of land isn't to be confused with a site earmarked for a future College of Western Idaho site on the northwest corner - which Boise's mayor had at one point suggested could be a better stadium spot.

"I'm afraid that any commentary on anything having to do with (the ballpark) would have to come from Chris Schoen's team," LocalConstruct president Mike Brown said. "I can just tell you that in everything we do we believe that what's good for Boise is good for us, so we try to be helpful, be good citizens and team players, and set a good example."

LocalConstruct traded the Spaulding Ranch in west Boise with the City in 2017 for the 6.3 acre parcel at Whitewater Park & Main. The plan was to construct a mixed-use development with residential and commercial.

Hawkins Companies principal Gary Hawkins said his company had been involved with the planned commercial part of the Whitewater Park & Main project, but ultimately decided to end participation late last year.

Ludwig did not confirm the west downtown concept - but said more should come out soon.

"I understand an announcement on this location is expected soon," Ludwig said. "Despite the slow process, getting the site right for this incredible amenity for Boise has always been Chris Schoen's goal."

A series of emails and calls this week to Schoen have gone unanswered. 

Project 'still a go'

Monday, Boise Hawks president Jeff Eiseman said the overall project was "still a go."

"When we are ready to make announcements we will," he said. "The project always evolves but still on the path." 

Eiseman did not respond to further questions around specifics.

Ludwig said a plan for funding the stadium at a new location isn't in place, but "the City, CCDC and/or GBAD will no doubt partner in some fashion to provide a good fiscal plan to be determined."

Bill Ilett with Concerned Boise Taxpayers says a potential change in venue for the ballpark helps allay some, but not all, of his group's concerns.

"I think we have always said 'wrong location and bad project,'" he said. "Well, they have solved the wrong location by moving it out of the Americana area. (But) if they are planning on using the same financing process without a due process and a vote from the taxpayers, then we still have the same concerns."

The City of Boise says, for now, it’s up to the developers to figure out the next steps  

 "We are aware of the conversations that have been happening among property owners that could involve a relocation of the sports park to a location in the west end," City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee said. "It's their deal to be made."

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