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Old 08-16-2020, 02:12 PM
 
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You may have been seeing parts of town that were run down in and just outside of downtown. Like has been said much has been done to beautify but there's still a ton of work to do. Over the last few years, development companies have been hitting old buildings downtown and the Downtown Development Corporation has done a great job with streetscape projects and facade work. There has been a great deal of renewed interest in the area but for obvious reasons the pause button has been hit this year. The city has also put together a vision for the so called South Downtown area or Warehouse District, it will be interesting to see what comes of that in the next few years.

Redevelopment of the blighted areas of town began some thirty years ago through the redevelopment agency and us still going strong today. Other areas of interest are the Northgate Mile and First street area north and east of downtown and the city is hoping the new police station will help spur interest there as well.

Idaho Falls is home to one of the states biggest mixed use areas that is Snake River Landing and to the west is the new Regional development called Jackson Hole Junction. Many new areas have been opening to residential development the last couple years and this year has seen one of the biggest I've seen in recent memory with more to come. The Idaho Falls metro area is very desirable to move to due to quality of life and low cost of living.

Many new companies have recently opened to help boost the economy with the biggest this year to have opened just yesterday in Costco which will change that area of Idaho Falls dramatically over the next few years

Bigger industry is headed here as well. Just last week a new call center announced plans to open a facility that will start with 300 jobs, a new meat packing facility will begin construction soon and one can't ever forget about the INL west of town which will house a 1.3 billion dollar naval facility and in the next few years if everything goes well, NuScale will begin construction of their small scale reactor project which will bring a thousand plus jobs to the area. So when we say a boom is immenint, we aren't telling half truths.
The whole supply chain for the nuclear industry is setting up shop here. Beyond Nuscale's small modular reactor project, different companies have announced interest of their own projects. A California firm wants to build a reactor here possibly before the SMRs come online. Another, affiliated with Bill Gates wants a molten salt reactor on INL land.

Supplies and labor in construction are getting pretty tight right now because of the new naval facility. Its hard to imagine what that might look like in 5 years
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Old 08-17-2020, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Why was Idaho Falls so poor prior to 2017? Have new employers come into town to boost the economy?
I.F. has never been a poor city. The problem was all the most run-down parts of town were those that were first seen when a stranger entered it for the first time.

It's a very common problem all over now; as new businesses move out of the old hub center, the center begins to decay from age but it's still the closest to highway access. when you were here in 2017, that was the lowest point; all the downtown theaters were closed, the best established businesses had moved to the new shopping hub in the middle-edge of town, centered on 17th st. and Hitt rd., far away from the highways' access points.

Lots of old empty buildings and not much else. But beginning in 2018 with the purchase of the Bonneville Hotel, several. companies began buying up those old buildings on the cheap, restoring them to the early-1900s grandeur, converting them into townhouses, and others were demolished to be replaced with new buildings.

It's still happening, and it's turning downtown into a big boutique area where everything is within easy walking distance. Increasingly more new residents are moving in to the new apartments and town houses.

And correspondingly, here are several brand-new developments that are complete mini-neighborhoods that connect to the downtown area that offer everything a person needs that can't be found downtown.

You would probably think you were in a different city if you were to see it now. You would probably recognize some of the old buildings, but they now look like they were just built.
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Old 08-22-2020, 04:58 PM
 
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Old 08-22-2020, 10:44 PM
 
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Old 08-23-2020, 06:26 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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The article offers a positive, yet concerning look at those three cities. What do they have in common? All around the same population, all somewhat isolated (though Logan is just a little over an hour to Salt Lake City.) All are predominately white, which I only offer because covid has hit the Black and Hispanic population at a greater rate. I hope this continued ability to cope continues, but nothing is certain with this pandemic.

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Old 08-25-2020, 06:36 PM
 
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Interesting, Alturas academy has bought the old Sears in the mall for its 6th grade thru 12th high school. I personally don't like the use of that space, although it would take a lot longer for a retailer to start looking at it.
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Old 08-25-2020, 06:52 PM
 
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Quite surprising indeed. I expected Amazon to snatch that up as they were rumored to be taking over old Sears and Kmart's.

Really besides a few smaller buildings that leaves Call Ranch as the biggest vacant building in the area which is good for any retailer looking at the area cause there's a ton of vacant land to build on in Snake River Landing, Jackson Hole Junction and Sand Creek Commend.
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Old 08-25-2020, 11:30 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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Interesting, Alturas academy has bought the old Sears in the mall for its 6th grade thru 12th high school. I personally don't like the use of that space, although it would take a lot longer for a retailer to start looking at it.
Nothing new here about malls drying up, and the pandemic has just quickened things. We will see a lot of re-purposing of malls in the 2020's. Some will do what is mentioned here, taking existing buildings and using them for different purposes. Others will tear them down and build new communities with residential and parks, such as they are currently doing with Northgate Mall in Seattle. I doubt there will be many malls left by the end of this decade.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:07 PM
 
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Looks like the 9 acre parcel that is/was Skyvu on South Yellowstone was sold and is going through the rezone process from Industrial to Highway Commercial. Should be interesting to see what transpires here. I hope it's not storage units, that land needs a great development.
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:51 AM
 
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Looks like the 9 acre parcel that is/was Skyvu on South Yellowstone was sold and is going through the rezone process from Industrial to Highway Commercial. Should be interesting to see what transpires here. I hope it's not storage units, that land needs a great development.
I heard that would be an apartment complex. I thought it was a little odd seems how the only residential near it is an old farm house.
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