Boise City Council has denied a rezone application for a project that would have brought nearly 200 student housing units near Boise State University.
Mayor Lauren McLean cast a tie-breaking vote Tuesday to deny the application, which came amid growing tensions near BSU over conflicting needs for student housing near campus and for affordable housing for full-time Boiseans.
The Idaho Press reports, the project, drew emphatic opposition from neighbors, who rebuffed plans to demolish a 23-unit apartment complex on the site, while others opposed the proposed three-story building’s height — about 40 feet — and density.
Following several hours of public testimony Tuesday, the proposal split the council. Ultimately, opposing arguments swayed Mayor McLean to break the tie, and vote to deny the rezone request.