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JUMP given the green light from Boise P&Z

 Jack’s Urban Meeting Place will be built in downtown Boise.

On Dec. 13, Boise Planning and Zoning Commissioners unanimously approved construction of the proposed $70 million project on a large parcel between 9th and 11th streets in downtown Boise.  Jack’s Urban Meeting Place is intended as a tribute to late industrialist and potato magnate J.R. Simplot.

David Cuoio, Simplot spokesman, said the planning process has been a journey for the entire Simplot team, including Maggie Soderberg, project director.

“She has been involved in the process for creating what eventually became JUMP for the better part of a decade,” Cuoio said.

The Simplots will now complete construction drawings and meet with city officials to discuss further aspects of the project during several work sessions. Upon completion, and when building permits are secured, construction could begin in summer 2011.

In October, Design Review voted down JUMP on a 4-3 vote citing issues with paint colors, access and landscaping. The Simplots then decided to appeal the decision to P&Z.

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