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College of Western Idaho to lay out Boise campus vision

College of Western Idaho’s new Boise campus would go where the Bob Rice Ford dealership use to be located.
College of Western Idaho’s new Boise campus would go where the Bob Rice Ford dealership use to be located. Idaho Statesman

College of Western Idaho will unveil its plans for a permanent Boise college at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the site of the future campus, 3150 W. Main St..

CWI purchased the property in 2015 to replace using rented space, much of it in West Boise, to house classes.

Dave Bieter, Boise mayor, Ray Stark, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce senior vice president and Martin Schimpf, Boise State University provost and vice president for academic affairs, will make remarks.

CWI’s board of trustees is contemplating asking voters to approve a bond in November to cover the cost of the Boise campus and expansion of its Nampa campus with a health sciences building and a student center for academic counseling and other programs.

No dollar amount has been set for a bond, but preliminary estimates put the cost for the two projects at around $150 million. Both Ada and Canyon counties would vote on a bond, which requires at two-thirds majority.

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