BoiseDev has been tracking big changes to a proposal for a Boise stadium all week. Here's a quick read on what's happening:
- Greenstone Properties, which owns the Boise Hawks was going to buy land at Americana & Shoreline from St. Luke's. Now that's not happening. BoiseDev broke word that the parcels would be instead sold to Agri Beef and an investment group.
- The company says it now wants to build the ballpark on the other side of the Connector - in Boise's west downtown region.
- The possible site is at Whitewater Park Blvd. and Main St. on the southeast corner. This is NOT the CWI campus location where Mayor Bieter had suggested the stadium could go earlier this year (it's the opposite corner).
- LocalConstruct, which owns that ground, has not made a deal to sell it to Greenstone just yet.
- Hawkins Co., which was developing the commercial portion for the site, pulled out late last year.
- There are other potential sites in the west end, which currently has several large tracts of undeveloped land.
- The vocal Concerned Boise Taxpayers group says it's glad the Americana & Shoreline spot has been dropped, but still has concerns on how another site - particularly around how it would be paid for. "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," CBT's Bill Ilett said.
- A new CCDC urban renewal district that would include the former Americana & Shoreline stadium site is still on track. CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle says the existing 30th Street district could be helpful for a stadium, but "CCDC would need to amend the 30th Street URD Master Plan if such a proposal materializes for that district."
Bottom line: There is no deal in place to build a downtown Boise baseball park, and no site is finalized. Stay tuned...