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COVID-19 offers businesses opportunities for renovation (access required)

Renovations at the Centre Theater in downtown Idaho Falls.

While many construction projects were delayed or cut back during the COVID-19 emergency, some Idahoans used the pandemic-related shutdown of essential business to renovate. Though most renovations appear to be concentrated in the restaurant or entertainment sectors, the Chubbuck-Pocatello School ...

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Idaho Panhandle tribes receive $1.5 million housing grants (access required)

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Several Northern Idaho Native American tribes have received government grants for housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on June 5 the competitive award of two Indian Community Development Block Grants totaling $1.5 million to the Nez Perce ...

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First wood column set as ICCU arena takes shape at U of I (access required)

A 90-ton crane sits just outside the concrete footprint of what will be the Idaho Central Credit Union Arena on the University of Idaho Moscow campus. On May 29, it swung its massive arm above the soon-to-be basketball court to set the first 35-foot-tall wood column, culminating nearly ...

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JPMorgan Chase building Boise branch with private banking (access required)

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After closing its Boise branches inside Fred Meyer grocery stores in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, JPMorgan Chase Bank is now building a new branch — across the street from a Fred Meyer grocery store in which one of those branches ...

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Ada County planning overhaul of its zoning ordinances (access required)

Homes in the Hawthorne Street Cottages pocket neighborhood.

Ada County plans to gut and renovate its zoning ordinances. This little news gem was buried deep inside a May 29 news release from the county’s planning and development department on a different but related matter. An Ada County news ...

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Kuna considering ‘retail village’ for its small businesses (access required)

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The city of Kuna’s economic development committee is in the beginning stages of a “retail village” to let small businesses get off the ground without the expense of a storefront. “While we have a number of businesses in our downtown, ...

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Pandemic halts, delays projects nationwide, AGC survey finds (access required)

The construction site at 323 W. Broad St. in Downtown Boise.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than one out of four contractors to halt or delay work on current projects, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey results show how quickly market conditions have ...

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