CCDC Participation Program

The Participation Program is CCDC’s development assistance program and is designed to advance the aims of urban renewal and economic development in Downtown Boise, as well as goals identified for Downtown Boise as identified in the Boise City comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise. The Program is crafted to be transparent, understandable, and responsive in order to encourage private investment in Downtown Boise.

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The Participation Program is divided into 5 types:

Type 1: Streetscape Grant

The “Type 1” streetscape grant is intended to assist smaller projects on their own schedule, often triggered by a tenant improvement. The grant program is determined and limited by the CCDC annual budget appropriation, and as such, will be awarded on a first come, first served basis for only as long as budgeted funding is available.
The grant allows for assistance in legally eligible public improvements in the right-of-way. Eligible costs for streetscape grants generally include:

  • Curb, gutter and sidewalk
  • Canopies over public right of way
  • Historic street lights
  • Street trees, tree grates, irrigation, and suspended paving systems where appropriate
  • Street furnishings, including benches, bike racks, bollards, and trash receptacles
  • Curb cuts and driveway approaches, other than for alley approaches or consolidated driveways, are generally not eligible for reimbursement.

The grant will typically reimburse for up to the first $150,000 of hard costs and does not include soft costs. (Examples of soft costs not eligible for reimbursement include but are not limited to architectural and engineering design, permits, traffic control, mobilization, and overhead.)
Streetscape grant agreements will generally be considered for approval by the CCDC Board after approval of a design review or relevant development application that includes the proposed streetscape improvements.

Type 2: General Assistance (Non-CCDC Property)

“Type 2” General Assistance provides general assistance and is intended to assist a larger and/or more involved project and includes a broader definition of eligible costs. A project Scorecard is a key feature of this assistance, as it determines project eligibility for Type 2, and when coupled with a projects taxable increment value, determines the reimbursement rate.
Eligible Costs for Type 2 participation include the following:

  • Streetscape in the right of way, including suspended paving systems where appropriate
  • Infrastructure in the right of way, not including individual utility service lines
  • Certain qualifying expenses for commercial and condominium buildings relating to exterior façade restoration improvements, subject to a determination of historic and/or aesthetic value and donation of a perpetual building façade easement.
  • Certain site remediation improvements as may be preparatory to construction are evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Actual eligible costs are reimbursed in priority order as listed above
  • Reimbursement is for hard costs and does not include soft costs. (Examples of soft costs not eligible for reimbursement include but are not limited to architectural and engineering design, permits, traffic control, mobilization, and overhead.)
  • Curb cuts and driveway approaches, other than for alley approaches or consolidated driveways, are generally not eligible for reimbursement.

Assistance is limited by the lesser of the agreed upon eligible costs of the project or a portion of the project’s tax increment value as determined by its scorecard ranking. As determined by CCDC, maximum reimbursement possible is the actual increment income received from the project for the first full four (4) years of assessment, multiplied by the factor associated with the score received by the project. Tier 1 projects are reimbursed at a rate of 80% of tax increment received, Tier 2 projects are reimbursed at a rate of 60% of tax increment received, and Tier 3 projects are reimbursed at a rate of 40% of tax increment received.

Type 2 assistance can be applied for at any time prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy but preferably before project design. General assistance agreements will generally be considered for approval by the CCDC Board after approval of a development application that includes the proposed improvements eligible for reimbursement. Reimbursement payments will begin in the first full year of annual increment received by CCDC after project completion and issuance of a certificate of occupancy. Reimbursement payments will stop once eligible costs have been paid in full, four years after reimbursement payments began, or within one year of the expiration date of the revenue allocation district, whichever occurs first.

Type 3: Transformative Assistance (Non-CCDC Property)

“Type 3” Transformative Assistance is intended to make available a more customized opportunity for transformative projects and to consider certain projects which don’t otherwise fit well into the other program types. Type 3 participation is available to assist large public or private projects that are deemed by the CCDC Board to be transformative in nature and of benefit to the community at large. In general, a transformative project is a higher value project that may include the construction of a significant public facility. The project should have a high likelihood of maintaining an enduring presence in the community. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Publicly available structured parking
  • Public pathway
  • Public plaza
  • Special event/sports venue
  • Public infrastructure
  • Transit facility

The private to public investment ratio (private project cost divided by CCDC cost) for a transformative projects should generally be 6:1 or higher. For example a $60 million private project coupled with a $10 million public facility funded by CCDC would have a 6:1 private/public (CCDC) ratio (60 divided by 10 equals 6).

A private or public development can present a project to the Executive Director at any time. At the Executive Director’s request, the Board may consider a project for candidate status as a special project permitting more formal evaluation. All final agreements require Board approval.

Projects being considered for Type 3 assistance will receive a greater degree of scrutiny than those considered for Type 1 or Type 2 assistance. CCDC may either require or pay for community/stakeholder outreach. CCDC may pay for and conduct a financial feasibility study which may include a “but for” test (but for the assistance, the viability of the project is questionable). This assessment may also identify eligible costs for project participation and funding alternatives. The project should produce a net positive gain for the community after any public participation. CCDC may pay for and conduct an economic impact study or may require an examination of a developer project portfolio, financial capacity, and references, etc. CCDC bonding will be subject to financial review and underwriting requirements. Generally, financial participation will be transacted as a reimbursement or purchase upon project/public facility completion and certificate of occupancy.

Many of the timing elements of Type 3 assistance are determined on a case by case basis. A Type 3 agreement is effective the date it is signed by both parties.

Type 4: Public-Private Project Coordination

“Type 4” participation coordinates CCDC-initiated capital improvement activities with capital improvement activities of private development and/or other public agencies. Projects eligible for Type 4 participation are generally those identified in the adopted CCDC Capital Improvements Plan that is in effect (available on the CCDC website).

Eligible costs are generally as outlined in the adopted CCDC Capital Improvements Plan in effect.

CCDC can design, bid and build a CIP project independently of the private project or intergovernmental project. CCDC can also, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable law, sub-contract construction with a private development on a public project element.

CCDC can enter into intergovernmental agreements to cooperatively participate in joint capital improvement projects.

Type 5: Property Disposition (CCDC-Owned Property)

“Type 5” participation is the disposition of property owned by CCDC, including the strategic acquisition of land/buildings and disposition of land targeted for a redevelopment purpose. The property disposition process is governed by state statute and differentiates between disposition to a for-profit (or private use), to a non-profit, and to a public (or governmental) body. This program meets or exceeds the statutory requirements in providing for competitive processes in property disposition (not required for disposition of land to public entities).

CCDC’s property disposition process for private/non-profit development use will involve an open competitive request for proposals (RFP)/qualifications (RFQ) process for properties being redeveloped. A variety of customized public-private project possibilities exist in the strategic disposition and development of property under the property disposition process. The particulars of the project, terms/conditions, and project objectives are individually customized to the property and identified in the RFP. RFP’s can be locally, regionally or nationally conducted.