CWI seeks comment on a proposed Boise campus

The College of Western Idaho will hold the first of two sessions Tuesday to hear the public’s ideas for what a Boise-based CWI campus should like.

The school and CTA Architects Engineers will meet with people between 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at Whittier Elementary School, 301 N. 29th St.

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CWI announced in April that it intended to buy a 10-acre parcel at Main Street and Whitewater Park Boulevard, on the old Bob Rice Ford dealership property for $8.8 million. The college immediately drew criticism for not first obtaining an appraisal to see what the property was worth and for not checking with the Ada County assessor to see its assessed value, which was $3.6 million. Trustees backtracked and ordered an appraisal, which valued the property at $8.97 million.

CWI wants a permanent campus in Boise to free it from leased space costing more than $1 million a year.

After the public meetings, CTA will meet with government officials and come up with several conceptual plans, which will be discussed at a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Whittier.