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Planning Boise collection
1957-2002

 

MSS 244

 

Forty-Five Years of Studies, Plans, and Reports Addressing the Growth
of Boise and Ada County

Collected by Charles F. Hummel

 

 

The bulk of this collection consists of 49 published studies, plans, and reports documenting the City of Boise's efforts to plan for growth and development in the latter half of the twentieth century.  They were donated to Boise State University in 2005 by Charles F. Hummel, now retired, who has had a long and distinguished career as an architect in Idaho's capital city.   Most of the publications were issued by local governmental and quasi-governmental bodies, and address the usual planning concerns of a growing metropolitan area: zoning, commercial development, transportation, etc., with a particular emphasis on the issues of downtown redevelopment and revitalization, proposals to build a regional mall outside of the city center, and residential expansion into the Boise Foothills.  The collection also contains several folders of papers relating to Hummel's work as a consultant for the Mayor's Select Committee on Downtown Redevelopment in 1982.  That committee attempted to reformulate a strategy that would save the downtown commercial center from eclipse by suburban shopping opportunities.

 

Charles Frederick Hummel was born in Boise in 1925 to a family of distinguished architects.  His grandfather's firm designed the Idaho State Capitol; his father designed Boise's Egyptian Theatre.  Hummel attended Boise Junior College, received a bachelors degree from Catholic University and a masters from Columbia University, and spent his career in Boise in partnership with his father and uncle Frank and then with Chet Shawver in the firm now known as Hummel Architects.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the U.S. Army in France during World War II and with the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict.  The many buildings he has designed include the federal courthouse in Boise and the original library building for Boise Junior College (1964).  In addition to his work as an architect, Hummel has been an active participant in the civic affairs of his home town.  He was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governor's Awards in the Arts program in 2006.

 

This finding aid is divided into two sections: a list of the titles of the studies, plans, and reports donated by Mr. Hummel, followed by a listing of the papers relating to his work with the Mayor's Select Committee on Downtown Development

 

A closely related collection is MSS 250 (Boise Redevelopment Agency documents), containing documents issued by both the BRA and the private companies proposing development projects.  Together with the governmental reports in this collection, they offer a large trove of primary source material about planning and development in Boise from the 1950s to the turn of the century.

 

In 2005, Boise historian J.M. Neil conducted several hours of interviews with Charles F. Hummel.  Mr. Neil presented copies of his tape recordings (7 recordings) to Boise State University.  They are kept in Special Collections as oral history collection OH-59.

 

Collection Number:  MSS 244
Inclusive dates:  1957-2002
Size of collection: ca. 2 ft. in 5 boxes
Processed by:  Alan Virta, 2006

 


 

List of Documents

 

This is a listing of the titles donated to the Special Collections Department by Charles F. Hummel in 2005.  They are listed chronologically in three categories:  General plans, Downtown Boise, and the Foothills. The titles of the works are in italics, following the name of the corporate author or issuing authority.  The location within Special Collections is denoted in smaller type, and will refer to either a Box number within the Hummel collection or a call number in the book collections; or both if the Library holds multiple copies.

 

General Plans


Boise Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Planning Committee.
Recommendations of the Streets and Roads Subcommittee
, 1957
Box 1, Folder 14


Boise Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Planning Committee.
Report of Zoning Committee
, 1957
Box 1, Folder 15

 

Boise City Park Department.
A Study of Neighborhood Park and Recreation Centers
, 1959
Box 1, Folder 16

 

City of Boise, Department of Public Works.
Annual Report1958-1959, 1959

Box 2

 

State of Idaho, Department of Highways.
Origin-Destination Study, Boise, Idaho,
1959
Box 2

 

Boise Metropolitan Transportation Study.
Metropolitan Boise & the Interstate Highway
, 1960
Box 1, Folder 17

 

Ada County Zoning Commission.
Major Thoroughfare Plan, Part I, Boise Metropolitan Area,
1961
Box 2

 

Atkinson Associates and Boise City Planning Commission.
Comprehensive General Plan, Boise City, Idaho
, 1985, 1963 (3 volumes)
NA9127.B58 A2 1963; Spec. Coll. NA9127.B58 A2 1963;  Vol 1 only in Box 5

 

Ada Council of Governments.
The Urban Form: An Analysis of the Social, Economic, and Environmental Implications of Urban Expansion in the Boise Area,
1973
Spec. Coll. HT168.B66 A33 1973

 

Ada Council of Governments.
Ada County Ecology
, 1973
McCain F752.A3 A32;   Spec. Coll. F752.A3 A32

 

Ada Council of Governments, Citizens Advisory Committee.
Concept Plan: Goals and Objectives for Long Range Regional Planning,
1974
Box 2

 

Ada Council of Governments.
Waste Water Sources and Water Use,
1974
Box 2

 

Ada Council of Governments.
Land-Nature's Design for the Future: A Background Report for Consideration of Regional Land Use Alternatives,
1975
Box 5; Spec. Coll. HD211.I2 A33

 

City of Boise.
A Policy Plan for the Boise Metropolitan Area,
1978
Box 2;  NA9127.B58 A52 1978; Spec. Coll. NA9127.B58 A52 1978

 

Boise City Planning & Zoning Department.
Boise City Landscape Manual
, 1979
Box 2

 

Boise City Historic Preservation Commission.
Boise City Historic Preservation Plan,
1979
Box 2

 

City of Boise.
A Policy Plan for the Boise Metropolitan Area,
1985
Box 2

 

Boise Future Foundation.
Greater Boise Carrying Capacity Quality of Life Survey,
1988
Archives HN79.I22 B64 1988

 

Boise Future Foundation.
The City of the Future--A Survey of Greater Boise's Preferences for the Future,
1991
Archives F754.B65 C58 1991

 

Ada County Highway District.
Capital Improvements Plan Update,
1993
Box 2

 

City of Boise.
Boise City Comprehensive Plan,
1997
To be cataloged for Special Collections

 

Treasure Valley Futures Project.
Barriers Forum Report: Overcoming Barriers to Building Better Communities,
2000
Box 2

 

Treasure Valley Futures Project.
Seeing the Treasure Valley - How We Shape Our Region,
2000
Box 2

 

Treasure Valley Future Project.
Treasure Valley Growth Scenario Analysis: Final Report,
2002
Box 2

 


 

Downtown Boise

 
Boise Redevelopment Agency and Boise Cascade Urban Development.
Boise Central: The Now and Future,
ca. 1971
Box 3

 

Wilbur Smith and Associates for Boise Redevelopment Agency.
Boise City Center Parking Needs,
1974
Box 3

 

Ada Planning Association, City Center Steering Committee.
City Center Report, Boise, Idaho,
1976
Box 3

 

Boise Redevelopment Agency.
Urban Conservation and Adaptive Reuse Analysis,
1978
Box 3

 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Boise City Urban Design Committee.
Proposed Boise Urban Design Plan,
1979
Box 3; Spec. Coll. NA9127.B58 P76 1979

 

Boise Redevelopment Agency.
The B.R.A. Years - a Dateline History,
1964-1982, 1982 with update to Feb. 1983
Box 3

 

Boise Mayor's Select Committee on Downtown Development.
Report of the Mayor's Select Committee on Downtown Development,
1982
Box 1, Folder 9;  Spec. Coll. F754.B65 B635

 

American Institute of Architects, Idaho Chapter, Central Section.
Boise R/UDAT,
1985
Box 3

 

Barton-Aschman Associates for Boise Redevelopment Agency.
Boise Downtown Redevelopment Project Parking Analysis,
1986
Box 3

 

Boise Redevelopment Agency.
Boise Downtown Utilities Master Plan,
1986
Box 3

 

American Institute of Architects, Idaho Chapter, for City of Boise.
Capitol Boulevard Plan and Action Program
, 1989
Box 5;  HE356.5.B66 C36 1989;  Spec. Coll. HE356.5.B66 C36 1989

 

>Boise City Community Planning and Development Department.
Downtown Boise Plan
, 1993
Box 3

 

Capitol City Development Corporation.
River Street - Myrtle Street Urban Design Plan
, 1994
Box 3;   HE356.5.B66 R58 1994;   Spec. Coll. HE356.5.B66 R58 1994

 


 

The Foothills

 

Ada Council of Governments, Foothills Committee.
Regulations for Hillside Development,
1972
Box 4

 

Hollenbaugh, Kenneth M., for Ada Council of Governments
The Evaluation of Geologic Processes in the Boise Foothills That May Be Hazardous to Urban Development,
1973
Box 4; QE104.A3 H6; Archives QE104.A3 H6

 

Ada Council of Governments.>
The Foothills: Background for the Issues in Consideration of a Plan for the Foothills District of Ada County

Box 4;  McCain F752.A3 A33 1976

 

Ada Planning Association.
Traffic Analysis for Foothills Density Policy,
North River Planning Area, 1978
Box 4

 

Foothills Steering Committee and Boise Planning and Development Department.
The Boise Front Foothills Plan,
1992 (Draft)
Box 4

 

Ada Planning Association.
Foothills Transportation Study: Development and Transportation Alternatives,
1992>
Box 4

 

Foothills Steering Committee and Boise Planning and Development Department.
Foothills Plan Report,
1994 (Draft)
Box 4;  Spec. Coll. HT168.B66 F66 1995b

 

Foothills Steering Committee and Boise Planning and Development Department.
Foothills Plan Background Report,
1994 (Draft)
Box 4;  Spec. Coll. HT177.B66 F66 1994

 

Ada Planning Association.
Foothills Plan Transportation Analysis,
1994
Box 4

 

Boise City Planning and Development Department.
The Foothills Plan,
1994
Box 4

 

City of Boise.
Boise City Foothills Policy Plan: An Amendment to the Boise City Comprehensive Plan,
1997
Box 4

 


 

Mayor's Select Committee for Downtown Development

 

In 1982 the City of Boise faced a turning point in its quest to revitalize its downtown.  The long-sought goal of its urban renewal program was to build a regional shopping mall downtown.  Both the city plan and its zoning regulations prohibited the building of such a mall elsewhere within the city limits.  The contracted developer's plans included the closing and enclosure of downtown streets, building large department stores on cleared lots, and utilizing both above-ground and underground parking garages.  Major retailers, however, would not commit to a downtown mall, so at a time when there were large regional shopping centers in most American cities, Boise had none. Developers were actively exploring the possibilities of buildings malls outside the city limits.  So in September 1982 Mayor Richard Early appointed a blue-ribbon committee to examine the problem.  In the charge to the committee, he wrote:  "We ask you to recommend to us what is the best alternative for development of downtown Boise that will provide a vibrant, active, successful City Center.  Specifically, what concept should be followed for development that keeps in mind the tradeoffs that must be made with or without a major retail center as part of the mix?"

 

Charles Hummel was hired to be consultant, or technical advisor to the committee, performing much of the staff work that an executive director would do for a citizens' commission.  This collection contains his papers relating to that service, including meeting minutes, memoranda, his work diaries, and the committee's final report, which reiterated the city's previous policy.  "No suburban regional center should go forward until substantial retailing is established in the downtown" was one of the committee's major conclusions.  Within a year, however, both economic and political pressures, as well as the fear that a mall would be built outside of Boise, caused the city to change course.  The city's metropolitan plan was amended, zoning changes were approved, and construction of a mall near the Interstate, several miles from the city center but still within the city limits, was begun. 

 

Folder    1         Charge to committee, 1982
               2          Clippings, 1982
               3          Consultant contract and work diary, 1982
               4          Agendas and agenda planning, 1982
               5          Journals (Minutes), 1982
               6          Questions and Topics of discussion, 1982
               7          Basic input data, 1982
               8          Internal business, 1982-1983
               9          Final report, 1982
              10         Boise Redevelopment Agency / Winmar contract termination, 1982-1985
              11         Winmar plans and designs(drawings)
              12         Westpark proposal / Metro plan amendment
              13         Regional mall proposals: Clippings

Folder  14-17   Plans (See General plans, items 1,2,3, and 6)

 


 

Additions to Mayor's Select Committee for Downtown Development papers

 

The following papers were added to the collection by Charles Hummel in July 2007, consisting of chiefly documents prepared by other city agencies for presentation to the committee during the course of its deliberations.  Includes reports from the Boise City Planning Department on proposed shopping malls on Cloverdale Road and at the intersection of Cole and Franklin Roads.

 

Box 1: Additions to Mayor's Select Committee papers

Folder 18         Retail Space in Boise Metro Area (13 Sept 1982)
             19         Documents presented to committee (30 Sept 1982)
             20         Documents presented to committee (15 Oct 1982)
             21         Regional Shopping Center at Cloverdale Road (22 Oct 1982)
             22         East End traffic circulation (one page) (15 Nov 1982)
             23         Regional Shopping Center at Cole and Franklin Roads (19 Nov 1982)
             24         Winmar Response to Final Report (20 Jan 1983)
             25         Boise Redevelopment Agency Response to Final Report (19 Jan 1983)

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