BOISE -- The Simplot Family Foundation is deciding what to do next when it comes to a major project in downtown Boise.
Boise's Design Review Committee denied Jack's Urban Meeting Place, or JUMP, Wednesday night because of a number of concerns.
The people that we talked to with the city of Boise say that they all want JUMP to happen.
JUMP would be a multi-use building and plaza - complete with studios, event spaces, an outdoor theater and a tractor museum - on 7 acres between 9th and 11th and Myrtle and Front streets.
But before that changes need to be made so that the projects fits in better with Boise City planning.
The project is very visionary. What we want to do is work with the JUMP team to help bring that vision out and realize it, said Bruce Chatterton, director of Boise's Planning and Development Services.
In July, the Simplot Family Foundation submitted its first application to the city of Boise for Jack's Urban Meeting Place or JUMP.
Since the idea first went public last year, designers made changes to the project. But those changes have not proven to be enough to get the $70 million project off the ground.
There was concern that the project wasn't walkable enough, said Chatterton. I think it's fairly minor at this point, in that if you look at the actual conditions at this point that have been proposed by the design review staff, there really are a fairly limited number of things to make it more accessable to pedestrians and cyclists, to make it more functional and safer.
Chatterton says the other concern is the focus of the project.
The concern though was that it was reading more like a parking garage, with a few events and cultural things added in, rather than vice versa, said Chatterton. Rather than a parking garage which is in support of those cultural events, and the fine arts that the Simplots have in mind.
Even with those recommened design changes Chatterton says the project is very much alive.
We want this project very badly. We want it for the community. We want it for the economy, and there are ways to make it possible, said Chatterton. There really is a clear path forward if we continue to collaberate.
A spokesman for the Simplot Family Foundation told us that the family is disappointed with this news.
They are now evaluating the situation and deciding what to do next.
The Simplot Family Foundation can still appeal the Design Review Committee's decision.
Planning and Zoning would hear the appeal.
There's even a chance that the appeal could be heard by the Boise City Council.