Boise urban renewal to buy Ash Street apartments

sberg@idahostatesman.comMay 14, 2013 

Firefighters battle an apartment fire at 12th and River Street Wednesday July 11, 2012.

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— After a closed-door meeting Monday afternoon, the Capital City Development Corporation's board of commissioners voted to enter negotiations to buy two four-unit apartment buildings at 621 and 647 Ash St.

Dana Zuckerman, a board member and acting director of the urban renewal agency, said CCDC plans to demolish the buildings and replace them with other housing. One of the buildings was badly damaged in a July 2012 fire.

Zuckerman said there's no firm plan for what kind or how many housing units to build. Right now, she said, the agency's focus is on removing the blight from the parcels.

The apartment buildings sit just east of the Pioneer Corridor Pathway, a lighted, decorated biking and walking pathway that runs from the corner of 11th and Myrtle streets to River Street just west of Ash Street. The pathway's second phase, which stretches between Grand Avenue and River Street, was completed in recent weeks. Zuckerman said the urban renewal agency is now working to connect the second phase to the pathway's first phase, which runs between Myrtle and Grand.

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