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Boise City Council to hold public hearing on "The Cabin" relocation options

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 16:21:14-05

BOISE — The Boise City Council will hold a special public hearing on the status of the Log Cabin--the historic structure and literary meeting place near the Boise Public Library--next Tuesday, February 26.

“The hearing offers Boise residents the opportunity to hear and testify to council members about options for potentially moving the Log Cabin as part of City of Boise’s Library Campus project,’ said Boise City spokesman Mike Journee.

Originally scheduled for noon, next week’s council meeting will be moved to 6 p.m. to accommodate broader participation in the hearing from residents. The meeting will be held in the Maryanne Jordan City Council Chambers on the third floor of Boise City Hall.

The hearing and discussion will include a presentation from city staff about ongoing planning, negotiations and options for relocating the Log Cabin, a city-owned building that is home to the literary arts non-profit organization known as "The Cabin."

“As with all public hearings before the council, those who wish to speak will be given three minutes for their testimony. Sign-up sheets for testifying will be available just outside the council chambers before the meeting, and speakers will be called upon in the order in which they signed up,” Journee explained.

He said those unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting can also send written testimony to the City via citycouncil@cityofboise.org by close of business on Monday, February 25.

Council members set the date for the hearing at their meeting Monday night as part of a broader discussion about bringing more public opinion to bear on the Library Campus and a possible Boise Sports Park project in downtown Boise.

Mayor Bieter and council members also discussed a possible public vote of some type around a modest city investment in the Boise Sports Park project once a formal proposal for the public-private project is brought forward by the private developer, Greenstone Properties. However, questions about the city’s legal authority to hold such a vote this year led council members to request more information from city staff before taking that topic on fully.