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Block 75 letter from NENA

NENA recently mailed a letter to Pastor Duane Anders of the Cathedral of the Rockies regarding potential development of the church’s Block 75, a parcel of land between 11th & 12th streets and Fort and Hays. The block currently houses a parking lot, an empty lot, a community orchard, and the Downtown Teaching Farm. It previously was the site of historic homes that were owned by the church. 

Tonight, Sept. 6, the church is holding a public presentation: “The Church & Housing: What Needs to be Done? What can We do?” It will be from 6-7 p.m. at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th Street, in the Emmaus Center. 

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Dear Pastor Anders and members of the Church Council,

The North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) writes this letter in response to the announcement that the Cathedral of the Rockies (FUMC) is evaluating development options for Block 75, which is adjacent to the church. As you are aware, proposed development of this parcel over the past 15 years has been contentious at times for both the church and the neighborhood. Not wanting a repeat of the past, we encourage FUMC to reach out to its neighbors and include the community in open discussions on what development of Block 75 might become.

We wish to state at the outset that we do not oppose development on the site. On the contrary, NENA feels that something truly remarkable could happen here. A project that could transform this seemingly underutilized but extremely significant parcel into a model of sustainable development. But it is important to reiterate that the neighborhood still has serious concerns with the impacts that a development of this magnitude will have on not only its immediate neighbors. Issues such as traffic increases, noise, congestion, parking as well as the massiveness and architectural design could compromise the Hays Street Historic District and the North End as a whole.

Block 75 presents a rare opportunity for the church, its stakeholders and the entire neighborhood to work cooperatively in the creation of a project that could help address Boise’s current need for affordable housing, the parking needs of the church, preservation of green space by retaining a garden while maintaining the historic character of the neighborhood.

Recently, the Salvation Army announced that it was vacating the Booth Home / Marian Pritchett School and selling the property, an entire residential block on 24th Street in the North End Historic District. Wanting to explore the best possible options for the property, NENA teamed with another community partner in conducting a series of visioning workshops for residents and stakeholders.

The outcome of this collaborative visioning workshop produced a remarkable variety of configurations and mixed uses that proved valuable to the developer. This effort resulted in preservation of open space, retention of  most of the mature trees, preservation and repurposing of the historic 1921 school building and  the addition of an  assortment of  housing units including single family, condos and town homes of varying sizes.

But most importantly, this process provided a vehicle that engaged the community in a meaningful process of determining what met community needs while enhancing the neighborhood. We believe the process led to a much smoother transition for the developer because the developer had a better sense of community needs and desires from the very beginning.

A similar process could be implemented for Block 75, and we welcome the church to engage such a process.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to talking with you soon.

Sincerely,

The North End Neighborhood Association, Inc.

board@northendboise.org


NENA statement on Block 75

For more than 40 years the North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) Board has worked to represent the thoughts and concerns of the neighborhood. As with any neighborhood, there are differing opinions that must be considered. NENA has worked to make sure all voices are heard and equitable outcome are found.

Recently, Boise has seen a boom in growth, resulting in increased participation by the NENA Board in matters that have a direct impact on the neighborhood. The board has prided itself on listening to a variety of voices and supporting the neighborhood, while also providing a platform for concerned citizens to express their thoughts and feelings on matters.
Housing is an issue that many members of the neighborhood are passionate about. Whether it is finding more options for affordable housing, increased density, or historic preservation, the NENA board has listened to the community and worked with the City, developers, and the neighborhood to provide transparent processes that engage the neighborhood.
Currently, Cathedral of the Rockies is exploring options for a parcel of land known as Block 75. The NENA Board has been listening to both the neighborhood and the church regarding this parcel. As with other projects, NENA will continue to gather information from all parties and work toward an equitable outcome. The board will work with all parties to ensure that everyone — those who live near the parcel, those involved with the Downtown Teaching Farm, those at the church –are represented, and their concerns and desires are known.
However, it has recently been brought to the attention of the NENA Board that comments have been made that infer the position of the NENA Board. We issue this statement to clarify that NENA is not intending to litigate anything associated with Block 75. In fact, it is quite the opposite: We wish to engage in an open, honest, and transparent dialogue with Cathedral of the Rockies to ensure what happens at Block 75 will be of benefit to the North End Neighborhood.

Hyde Park Street Fair schedule announced

Hyde Park Street Fair is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Sept. 14-16 and plan to meet us in Camel’s Back Park for the best weekend in Boise. More information is available on our Hyde Park Street Fair page.

Here is the lineup of musicians on the Main Stage. Check back later for the Community Stage schedule.

Hyde Park Street Fair
Main Stage Music Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14

5-5:45- El Dopamine

6-6:45- Sounder

7-7:45- Sherpa

8-9:30-Bread & Circus

Saturday, Sept. 15

12-12:45-Emalee Tipton Band

1-1:45-Knotty Brine

2-2:45- Fall Creek String Band

3-3:45-Andrew Sheppard Band

4-4:45- Low-fi

5-5:45- Rebecca Scott Band

6-6:45- Bernie Reilly Band

7-7:45- Audio Moonshine

8-9:30- a.k.a Belle

Sunday, Sept. 16

11:30-12:15- Ben Burdick Quartet featuring Amy Rose

12:30-1:15-Blaze & Kelly

1:30-2:15- The Pan Handles

2:30-3:15- Fulton/Hunt

3:30-4:15- Tylor & The Train Robbers

4:30-6pm- Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins

Schedule & bands may be subject to change 


“North End News” spring issue

The new issue of the North End News is here! It should be landing on your doorstep in the next week or two.

In the meantime, take a sneak peek here: North End News Spring 2018

Our newsletter is unique among Boise neighborhoods, and we are thrilled to have this community-building tool. If you are interested in helping with the newsletter (writing, taking photos, delivering a route), please contact the editor at stephanie@northendboise.org.

This issue, we would like to send out a huge thank you to several neighborhood businesses & non-profits that helped us honor our volunteers. It takes more than 50 volunteers to produce and deliver the newsletter each issue. They were honored at a celebration May 19.

With gratefulness to: 
Artisans for Hope
Boise Zen Center
The Boise Co-op
Goody’s
Hyde Park Pub
Idaho Humane Society
Iyengar Yoga Center of Boise
Thrive Pilates
Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance
Treasure Valley YMCA
Vivant Concierge Wellness

Plus, our regular partners:
Treasure Valley Litho
Hyde Perk Coffee House


Redevelopment of the Booth Home

NENA recently commissioned Idaho Smart Growth to conduct several community workshops in order to refine a vision for the future of the Salvation Army’s  Marian Pritchett School / Booth Home property. The property, at 24th & Bella streets, is being sold by the Salvation Army as it moves the Pritchett School to a new campus in West Boise.  The future of the historic, tree-filled North End property is of great concern and interest to the neighbors. It is a full city block’s worth of history and of new potential. Idaho Smart Growth compiled a report outlining residents’ vision for the site.

You can read it here: Marian Pritchett Booth Home Redevelopment Prospects and Vision