What a difference a year makes.
In October 2010 JUMP—or Jack's Urban Meeting Place—was literally up in the air as Boise's Design Review Committee denied an application for the $70 million, two-block development. An appeal and a fair amount of compromise later, and the project is back on track, looking toward the strong possibility of a 2012 groundbreaking.
Monday night, it was all smiles and smooth sailing as Boise's Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve Phase I of the multipurpose project. The Simplot family and project managers have elected to pursue the permitting process in phases, with the first phase encompassing the underground parking structure and the second for the above ground structure and parkscape.
"We're very pleased and very much appreciate the thorough and logical examination of phase one," Simplot spokesman David Cuoio told Citydesk. "The Simplot family and JUMP team are very optimistic about moving forward."
In the coming weeks and months, phase two will come before Boise's P & Z and Design Review. Construction permits should follow.