Saint Alphonsus Health System, which operates a clinic right next door, was one of those neighbors.
"Bown Crossing does not have enough on-street parking to justify the requested 24-space parking reduction," SAHS attorney Deborah E. Nelson wrote in opposition to the request. Her letter lists several reasons why the application should be denied, including say a parking study conducted by the applicant was "not conducted to meet industry standards."
The study looked at the total number of parking spaces across the Bown Crossing development for two days in late January in early February. The study, commissioned by project developer XX, looked at the number of empty spaces on a Wednesday and a Friday from 11am to noon, and 4pm-5pm. The study found an average of 46.6 empty stalls in the area during the four individual hours inspected.
Nearby resident Robert Lomas knocked the way the study was designed.
He noted the developer had mentioned the Toast breakfast bistro as a tenant, and found the traffic study to be inconsistent with that concept.
"I’m surprised there was no early day time period studied, or a weekend time studied, as breakfast restaurants in Boise certainly are exceptionally busy on weekend mornings."
Lomas also said the 4-5pm timeslot was questionable. "The evening time period they studied was a laughable choice if I’m being frank here. Nobody would, with a straight face, suggest that the traffic in an extremely popular evening dining and entertainment area would be correctly represented by a study at 4-5pm. If I were trying to design a study to best come to a conclusion of 'there’s plenty of room', I would have designed it very similarly to what they presented here. "
The Southeast Boise Neighborhood Association also came out in opposition to the plan.
“It is overwhelmingly clear from correspondence received from Bown Crossing neighbors that parking has become a serious problem in the neighborhood, one which jeopardizes the prosperity of those businesses already located there," SENA board member Fred Fritchman wrote.
The conditional use permit application is currently scheduled to be heard during the City of Boise's Planning and Zoning commission on July 16th at Boise City Hall at 6:00pm. If it is granted the parking reduction, it would go before design review in September.
Tavern at Bown Crossing looks to move across river, asks for increased parking