The city of Boise started negotiating to buy another 40 acres of Foothills land from the Idaho Humane Society almost as soon as the two sides signed an agreement for a different 160 acres, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.
The City Council voted Tuesday to approve the new purchase, which still must go through a due-diligence review before it becomes final. The price for the 40 acres: $60,000. That’s the same per-acre price the city is paying the Humane Society for the 160-acre parcel, which the council approved last month.
The 40-acre lot connects to the notch on the southeast side of the 160-acre lot. Kirk Lewis, a Boise surgeon, donated both pieces of land to the Humane Society. Holloway said the city plans to add the new purchase to the original one so that both are finalized as one transaction. That should save some money on closing costs, Holloway said.
The city has already started the due-diligence phase of the first purchase and soon will undertake the same measures, including surveying, a title search and environmental analysis, on the new one.
“For $60,000 we get another 40 acres in an area of the Foothills that has been a priority for the council and mayor’s office,” Holloway said.