Land next to Idaho Shakespeare Festival amphitheater sold

sberg@idahostatesman.comMarch 5, 2014 

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival appears to have found a solution for a problem its supporters believed threatened its amphitheater.

The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands announced Wednesday that it is buying 12 acres next to the festival's amphitheater on East Warm Springs Avenue. The foundation is planning a more detailed announcement for Friday.

Mark Hofflund, Shakespeare's managing director, declined to comment Wednesday besides saying the news is "fantastic."

Developer Jim Conger had sought to buy the 12 acres from longtime part-owners David and Ann Triplett. Conger planned to build Barber Mill Estates, a 43-home development with storage buildings, on the property.

"(We) are very pleased with what has happened and it has been a great opportunity to work with Jim Conger (and his partners). They really are class acts," Ann Triplett said. "We can’t say enough good about the way they have treated us and been concerned about our interests as well as their own."

In mid-January, Boise attorney Gary Allen, who represents the Shakespeare Festival, said he hoped the festival's supporters could come up with enough money to buy the property from the Tripletts instead of Conger. 

"Ann and I, from the very beginning, tried to get them to do that. And they turned it down, said they had other interests," David Triplett said.

If Shakespeare supporters put together enough money to buy the land, Allen said in January, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands would probably end up owning it.

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