Boise City Councilman Scot Ludwig will wear two hats at Boise City Hall Tuesday, June 5. As part of his duties as a public servant, he’ll participate in an afternoon work session and the traditional evening meeting when the council takes up a full agenda of reports and resolutions. But Ludwig will also have to step away from his council seat when he appears before his colleagues wearing his developer hat.
In March, the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission denied Ludwig’s proposal to build two high-rise buildings joined by a sky bridge at the corner of Broad and Fifth streets in Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood. Ludwig’s original plan included an 11-story building on the northeast corner of Fifth and Broad, and a nine-story building on the southeast corner.
Representatives of Preservation Idaho argued against the proposal, writing, "The building seems heavily skewed towards parking spaces and less toward the urban housing vision." City staff agreed, telling P&Z commissioners that the "project is inconsistent with the Central Addition Master Plan." Ultimately, P&Z commissioners denied Ludwig’s application for a conditional use permit for the project.
Now, Ludwig is appealing that denial, saying that revised plans for the project now call for more condominium space. His appeal also argues that P&Z commissioners put too much emphasis on the project’s height before deciding to reject the initial proposal.