College of Western Idaho trustees will consider Tuesday whether to seek a bond to pay for construction of an expansion of its Nampa campus and creation of a permanent Ada County campus not far from downtown Boise.
If they approve a bond vote, it could go on the November 8th ballot and require a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Voters in both Ada and Canyon counties would vote on the measure.
Estimated cost of the two projects is $180 million.
College of Western Idaho envisions a Boise campus with three main structures at the corner of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Main Street. They hope the first building, a 150,000 square foot structure, would be ready for occupancy by 2020. When complete, the school could serve 20,000 students, including those at the school and those taking online classes.
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At its Nampa campus, CWI wants a new health sciences center and a student center for advising and other needs. Both the Boise and Nampa projects are expected to get CWI out of the need to rent space for classes, which costs about $2 million a year.