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  • Elaine helps open Harris Ranch bypass

    On Friday, Oct. 30, Elaine Clegg joined members of the Harris family, City Councilmen Ben Quintana and Scot Ludwig and ACHD president Jim Hansen as Mayor Dave Bieter cut the ribbon to open the new East Warm Springs bypass.

    The bypass will provide quicker, easier access around the main body of Dallas Harris Estates and reduce traffic within the planned community. There, along Park Center Boulevard, townhouses, retail and light commercial properties will be developed. The boulevard will feature large decorative medians, six-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides, bicycle lanes, public transportation and traffic calming roundabouts.

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    City Council members Elaine Clegg, Ben Quintana and Scot Ludwig join Mayor Dave Bieter, ACHD president Jim Hansen and members of the Harris family to open the new E. Warm Springs Ave. bypass at Harris Ranch on Oct. 30, 2015

    “This new bypass (shown in light green on the map below) is a great example of the public and private sectors working together,” Clegg said. “The new street will direct through traffic south, to travel east/west on E. Warm Springs Ave. along the southern edge of Harris Ranch. Local homeowners will have great access to walk, bicycle or drive through the interior of the development on Park Center Blvd.”

    Harris Ranch Bypass
                Harris Ranch: the new bypass—in light green—runs south of mixed-use area “G.” East Park Center Blvd.—outlined in red—runs through residential & mixed use areas “E” & “G.”

    Here’s a copy of the city’s news release describing the Harris Ranch bypass:

    New Warm Springs Avenue Opens in Harris Ranch

    Arterial highway is next major step in New Urbanism, Smart Growth community

    (BOISE—October 30, 2015) A new, 1.1-mile arterial layout opens today on one of the busiest routes leading east out of Boise through the Harris Ranch community. The new road, which begins just east of Park Center Bridge, bearing right at the new roundabout, is named Warm Springs Avenue, while the road Boiseans used to know as Warm Springs Avenue is now called Park Center Boulevard.

    For city residents used to traveling to Lucky Peak and Idaho City, this new bypass will provide quicker, easier access around the main body of Dallas Harris Estates, as well as lowering traffic counts within the planned community, allowing for the furthering of a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly “new urbanism” style Park Center Boulevard. When development is completed, Park Center Boulevard will be a noteworthy amenity for residents, featuring large decorative medians, six-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides, bicycle lanes, public transportation and traffic calming roundabouts. Future development along Park Center Boulevard will consist of townhouses, retail and light commercial properties.

    The ribbon cutting for the new Warm Springs Avenue, which cost $2.1 million to build, was conducted by the three trustees of the local CID (community infrastructure district), Council Members Elaine Clegg, Ben Quintana and Scot Ludwig. The CID, which is a special taxing unit that comprises the latest homes and future developments in Harris Ranch, will pay for the road, as opposed to all city residents.

    Features of Smart Growth communities include compact, mixed-use development emphasizing public transportation; walkable, bicycle-friendly land use; and neighborhood schools, all with a diversity of housing options and shopping and dining options to which residents can walk. Harris Ranch, a 1,300-acre planned community, which has all of the characteristics of a Smart Growth community, was initially a dream of Dallas Harris decades before such communities had come into existence.

    —Phil Hardy/208-340-8232  philh@strategies360.com

  • Ben Quintana: Elaine is as dedicated a leader as you will find.

    Elaine & Ben ribbon cutThe citizens of Boise have rightfully come to expect dedicated leaders who will work hard and smart on their behalf. Elaine is as dedicated a leader as you will find, and Boise will surely benefit from her continued service. Join me in voting for Elaine Clegg for City Council.

         —Ben Quintana, Boise City Council Member

  • City Council President Jordan: We need Elaine…

    MaryanneJordanWe talk about how we love Boise. Let’s talk about why. Open space, a walkable downtown, new transportation routes, parks and great public safety. Elaine Clegg has played a big role in making Boise great. We need her on the city council! Please join me in voting to re-elect Elaine Clegg!

                    —Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan

  • Lauren McLean: Elaine has my vote…

    Lauren4Elaine has been a fierce champion for our vibrant neighborhoods, a pioneer in Boise’s efforts to protect our foothills and an advocate for our river. She has my vote, and I hope she has yours, too.

                               —Lauren McLean, Boise City Council