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New senior center planned for Vale, Ore. (access required)

 The existing Vale senior center has a major problem: The split-level building is not accessible to many of the seniors who would like to use it. A major influence in the design of a new facility is a desire to ...

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Idaho Smart Growth announces 2011 Grow Smart winners

Former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, a national leader in the anti-sprawl movement, coined the term “smart growth” in 1996 when the state was dealing with rapid growth and loss of farmland. It was all about growing without urban sprawl and ...

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Reactions mixed to President Obama’s jobs plan for construction industry (access required)

President Barack Obama on Sept. 8 asked Congress to quickly approve his $477 billion American Jobs Act proposal, which includes $105 billion for infrastructure and construction spending. Initial reaction from built industry professionals is that any increase in federal spending on ...

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Local contractors hanging on by the thinnest of margins (access required)

Rising materials prices and fierce competition have put construction costs and bids nearly level, and some contractors are low-balling themselves to stay in business, industry analysts say. Construction costs are now at about the same level as they were in ...

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Multifamily construction continues to grow (access required)

The multifamily housing market is steadily improving and continues to outpace residential housing growth. According to data released Sept. 8 by the National Association of Home Builders, the Multifamily Production Index – a measurement of improving conditions in all types ...

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Idaho company to supply irrigation control technology at National Sept. 11 Memorial (access required)

An Idaho company will supply the irrigation control technology used at the National September 11 Memorial. Baseline, Inc., of Meridian began working on a related preliminary project more than five years ago, supplying controllers and sensors for watering 400 trees ...

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Group seeks support for Central Valley Expressway (access required)

A group called Central Valley Expressway Coalition is advocating for a planned 6.5-mile, four-lane freeway connecting Highway 16 with I-84. Bids for the first phase of the project, which extends 2.5 miles over the Boise River to Highway 20/26, are ...

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No new construction impact fees in Ada County this year (access required)

Ada County Highway District commissioners will not raise traffic impact fees on new construction in the coming year. Commissioners approved a new impact fee ordinance and the fiscal 2012 budget Aug. 24, waiving a provision that would have allowed for ...

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Owners yet to be approached with deal for multi-modal site (access required)

 Owners of a downtown Boise site that Valley Regional Transit announced as its preferred location for a $12 million transportation center have not yet been approached by VRT about making a deal to occupy the property.  Valley Regional Transit reaffirmed ...

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Construction materials pricing rising slowly (access required)

Construction materials prices are on their way up, albeit more slowly than anticipated. According to the Department of Labor’s Producer Price Index, construction materials prices rose modestly by 0.3 percent in July compared to a month previous and are 8.9 ...

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