From the Editor by David Staats: A coming attraction for Boise development

dstaats@idahostatesman.comSeptember 17, 2013 

Staats, David

David Staats

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Outdoors writer Pete Zimowsky stopped by my desk one day in late July. He had just finished “Jumping into the Boise River Park” for the July 25 Outdoors section. He thought the potential growth near the park deserved a business story.

I agreed. We were overdue to explore the economic-development potential created by all the recent public investment in that area, from the wave shapers in the river built by Boise Parks and Recreation to the 30th Street Extension under construction by the Ada County Highway District.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that potential. Weedy lots mar the landscape near Idaho River Sports. Much of that space will be fashioned into Esther Simplot Park, but some will be developed privately. (See the map.) Meanwhile, across the 36th Street Footbridge to Garden City, more homes are planned in and around The Waterfront District development. Projects on both sides of the river will appeal to people who want to live or do business near a watery playground.

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Age has caught up with Jack Lemley at last. Lemley, 78, known in the construction world for rescuing big public-works projects that get into trouble, has retired. Reporter Sven Berg called Lemley and landed an interview. I think you’ll especially enjoy the accompanying Q&A.

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dstaats@idahostatesman.com, @IDS_DavidStaats

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