The Boise City Council deferred any action Tuesday night on a proposal to build a subdivision at the current site of Ben’s Crow Inn after concerned community members spoke well past the meeting’s scheduled end time, Boise State Public Radio reports.
Developer Jim Conger proposes building 24 homes on 4.2 acres south of East Warm Springs Avenue. Ben’s Crow Inn has been in that location, serving chicken strips and clams, for more than 50 years. But the restaurant is set to close its doors in September as owners Ben and Connie Hamilton want to retire.
Residents of the neighborhood challenged the proposal, saying the development could limit access to the Boise Greenbelt and would nix chances of another restaurant moving into the lot.
Councilwoman Maryanne Jordan moved to put the annexation on hold for two months. Her motion was tied with a 2-2 vote. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter then chimed in to break the tie, agreeing with Jordan and recommending that Conger reconsider his design and present a new proposal in two months, KBSX reports.