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Marriott TownPlace Suites announced for Twin Falls (access required)

A 100-room Marriott Townplace Suites is slated for Twin Falls. Image courtesy of Pennbridge Lodging.

Eagle-based Pennbridge Lodging intends to build Twin Falls’ first branded, extend-stay hotel with a four-story, 100-room Marriott TownPlace Suites. It would be located next to the 92-room Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites that Pennbridge opened in 2014. Pennbridge is the ...

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Plan to raise Arrowrock Dam fails federal feasibility study (access required)

Arrowrock Dam, on the Boise River 42 miles downstream of Anderson Ranch Dam and 22 miles upstream from Boise, is a concrete thick-arch structure 350 feet high. When constructed in 1915, the dam was recorded as being the tallest concrete dam in the world. The structure was repaired and raised 5 feet during 1935-1937, increasing its storage by 9,000 acre-feet. The Boise Project Board of Control completed construction of a 15 MW powerplant at Arrowrock Dam in March 2010. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation.

Idaho officials’ hopes to increase the height of a Boise River dam to double water storage have run aground. Officials also want to create enough space to handle a 500-year flood. But the project failed a federal feasibility study. The ...

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Building excellence awards showcase design, sustainability (access required)

The Hawkins Building was given an excellence in architecture award for its early 20th century design for an industrial building.

The city of Boise’s Planning & Development Services Department and the Building Owners and Managers Association Boise on May 19 honored seven building projects with their annual Building Excellence Awards. The projects were recognized in the areas of architecture, sustainability, ...

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Bike and pedestrian safety, simplified (access required)

A bicyclist on the Boise State University campus. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

Peter Lagerwey likes to emphasize street crossings when he talks about pedestrian safety. “Where do we put all our energy? Putting in sidewalks,” said Lagerwey, a former Seattle senior transportation planner who now tours the country regarding bicycle and pedestrian ...

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US homebuilder sentiment holds steady in May

A home under construction in Boise. File photo.

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence held steady in May for the fourth month in a row, reflecting an overall optimistic outlook for the new-home market even as the pace of sales has slowed recently. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder ...

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Planners look at walking, biking options on Chinden Blvd. (access required)

Chinden no sidewalk cropped

High-speed Chinden Boulevard is not the place for walkers or bikers. Sidewalks and crosswalks are rare, and bike lanes nonexistent. But a team of federal, state and local transportation and planning officials have spent the past year assessing Chinden and ...

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