BOISE -- A new $70 million project proposed by the family of agricultural giant J.R. Simplot has been given final approval by city leaders in Boise.
The city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the project, known as Jack's Urban Meeting Place -- or JUMP.
Planned for the city's downtown, the multi-use facility will include an event center, a park and educational space for arts and other programming.
The proposal has had bumpy ride to final approval. Several times, city officials asked the family and architects for redesigns. The Simplot family views the facility as a memorial to J.R. Simplot.
The project is planned on some vacant land near the city's downtown. Construction is expected to begin later this year and be complete in the summer of 2014.