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BSU seeks approval for master plan expansion

Posted at 6:23 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 13:05:51-05

A 50-acre Boise State expansion could threaten a nearby neighborhood. At a Monday night meeting, the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the university's proposed master plan.

The orange area on the map is already in the campus master plan. The green area is the proposed, 50-acre addition to that plan, which would expand south to Boise Avenue and would require the relocation of dozens of homes. The additional acres would be a spot for academic, athletic, and housing facilities.

Our media partner The Idaho Statesman reports Boise State recognized that Boise Avenue would be significantly affected by this expansion.The Planning and Zoning Commission asked the university to provide a traffic assessment for Boise Avenue from Capitol Blvd. to Broadway.

BSU estimates that student enrollment will grow from 20,000 to 35,000 in the next 30 years, and with faculty and staff included that makes a total campus population of almost 50,000 people.

The Boise City Council will meet again to discuss the proposed addition on January 19.