"Honestly, we just thought 'Afton' was a pretty cool name," Michael Hormaechea, manager of Boise-based RMH, told Boise Weekly.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has identified some contamination at the site and the project will need to wait until a full environmental assessment is completed before moving forward. That means CCDC, which still owns the land, will need to assess the cost of remediation before any transfers can occur. In order to test the soil, three existing buildings on the site—two small buildings and a brick warehouse—will need to be razed. The demolition is expected to occur later this month.
CCDC is being asked to contribute as much as $1.24 million to the project: $515,000 for the park/plaza, $350,000 for potential reimbursement for underground public utilities and $275,000 for streetscapes.
The board will also be asked to authorize the agency's executive director to negotiate exclusively with LocalConstruct, which recently convinced CCDC that the California-based developer should be the one to build a mixed-use project at the corner of Idaho and 14th streets, the current site of the Watercooler business incubator, owned by CCDC.
The project would also bring a so-called "pocket park" to the front corner of the building. Pending a final agreement with CCDC, LocalConstruct indicated it was ready to break ground and get going with the project sooner than later. The building could open its doors as soon as 2016.