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JUMP moving forward; must complete application with ACHD

Construction preparations for Jack’s Urban Meeting Place are moving forward.

The Simplots must complete an application process required by the Ada County Highway District that addresses potential access or land issues near where JUMP would be built between 9th and 11th streets in downtown Boise. The process includes inviting property owners within 300 feet of the construction site to a meeting, and also completing a multi-page application that must be submitted to ACHD for consideration.

Also called a “vacation” of public right-of-way application, it refers to the acquisition of unopened or unused public areas that ACHD determines is no longer necessary for use, said ACHD spokeswoman Christine Myron.

“Ultimately, the ACHD Commission will determine whether or not to approve the requested vacation,” Myron said. “The applicant is also required to have the area appraised and if approved, pay fair market value for the portion(s) of right-of-way.”

In an email, JUMP project manager Mark Bowen said property owners located outside the 300-foot radius are also welcome to attend the meeting, comment on the proposed right-of-way changes and review the 7.5-acre site slated for development.

In December, Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved construction of the $70 million project intended as a tribute to late potato magnate and industrialist J.R. Simplot.

The meeting is at 6 p.m., Jan. 26, at the JUMP project office at 999 Main St. in Boise.

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Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.

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