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Parents can’t get child care. Bench streets decline. The week’s top 5 business stories

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Alisa Memisevic is lucky: She has child care for her two children. But the hours aren't perfect and as she looks for a better fit? She's been one waiting list for a year.
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Alisa Memisevic is lucky: She has child care for her two children. But the hours aren't perfect and as she looks for a better fit? She's been one waiting list for a year.

The top 5 Idaho business stories of the week:

1. Boise-area parents are finding that having a child requires more than just the traditional supplies of tiny clothes and diapers. With day care centers in short supply, being a parent in the Treasure Valley increasingly requires leaving no stone unturned in the search for child care.

2. Over objections from Boise’s mayor, Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill that places new limits on how cities can use property taxes in urban-renewal districts to fund stadiums and municipal buildings without going to voters. But the bill’s impact on Boise’s planned new Downtown library and a proposed sports stadium west of Downtown remains unclear. A citizens group says it still plans to gather signatures for a petition to put the projects on the November ballot.

House Bill 217 would require a public vote when urban renewal district money is spent on public buildings like stadiums and libraries. It passed the Idaho House on March 11, 2019.

3. Overland Road. Vista Avenue. Orchard and Latah streets. These streets are among the most important commercial strips on the Boise Bench. But two of every five buildings in a proposed redevelopment area encompassing large segments of these streets are in deteriorated condition. City officials want to create an urban renewal district to do for the streets what they say urban renewal did for Downtown: Save them.

Developers and city leaders say why they think Boise's Central Downtown urban renewal district 'saved the city,' in the words of Mayor David Bieter. This video was prepared by CCDC, the urban renewal agency, to mark the district's 2018 expiration.

4. There’s a new farmers market in Boise: a once-a-month evening market on First Thursday at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, 1000 W. Myrtle St. Meanwhile, in Meridian, Rod and Deb Wagner aren’t going to sell their Wagner Farms store in a barn at Ten Mile Road and Chinden Boulevard after all. They plan to build a 12,000-square-foot convenience store with a year-round farmers market inside.

The Capital City Public Market debuts a First Thursday market at Jack's Urban Meeting Place.

5. A longtime Boise restaurant serving Chinese and American food has closed. Confucius Restaurant, 8775 W. Fairview Ave., has shuttered so that its owners can retire.

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A prominent sign on Fairview Ave. beckoned customers to Confucius Restaurant. Michael Deeds mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

Statesman reporters Hayley Harding, John Sowell, Kate Talerico and Michael Deeds contributed.

David Staats is business editor of the Idaho Statesman, which he joined in 2004. He has assigned, edited and reported business, politics, government and other Idaho stories since 2006.Get the top Idaho business stories of the week in a free email every Monday morning. Go here, then press the “Select” button under Idaho Business.
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