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Maverik, park hope to be good Boise neighbors

Maverik will be a beneficial neighbor for the new Boise city park at the former Franklin School site. A recent Statesman article suggested that perhaps not all of our neighbors are familiar with our vision for the new Maverik on the site of the former school, or the work we’re doing with local leaders to ensure the park and surrounding development complement one another.

The new Maverik will be a safe, attractive place where residents can refresh and refuel on their way to and from the park. We see families dropping in for sandwiches and drinks while enjoying a beautiful Boise evening, adventure seekers stopping for gas and snacks for the road, and locals simply stopping in to enjoy the service and quality that they have come to expect from Maverik.

Maverik has been part of the Boise community for more than 40 years, with 20 stores located in the Treasure Valley. We plan to invest an additional $50 million in the Treasure Valley over the next five years, updating and remodeling aged and outdated locations, and building new stores. The Maverik store designed for the corner of Franklin and Orchard will make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. The LEED structure will include an attractive exterior aesthetic, will offer indoor and outdoor seating, and will serve high-quality food options, daily baked breads, and more. It’s a model that’s good for our neighborhoods, and for business.

The Franklin and Orchard development won’t just house the Maverik store. Instead, a mixed-use development is in the works that will complement the park and enhance the neighborhood. The park will be accessible from Peg and Hilton streets on the south and west. Maverik and the surrounding development will serve as a buffer between the park and the busy intersection at Franklin and Orchard. We are actively seeking the right partners for this plan — ones that share our vision of converting what is now an empty lot into a vibrant and unique space for neighborhood families to meet, eat and play.

We appreciate that Boise is passionate about smart development and safe neighborhoods. We are too. We are dedicated to making Boise a livable, healthy city for our employees and neighbors. Our company offers several hundred local employees above-average starting wages, health and retirement benefits, and scholarships. While we await approval from the city of Boise to rezone the property, we have been in conversations with the surrounding neighborhood associations and have attended visioning and planning meetings with Idaho Smart Growth and the Parks Department. We have sent mailers to neighborhood residents and have created a website for residents to get more information and offer feedback. We selected the design for this new Maverik based on some of the online input from community members.

Our belief in the ambitious vision for this property, for the Central Bench Neighborhood and for Boise is what makes Maverik a true partner in our city’s exciting journey toward a more livable, vibrant community. It’s a journey we’re committed to for the long haul — after all, Maverik is “Adventure’s First Stop.”

Lance Dunkley is Maverik’s vice president of real estate.

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