How did ACHD acquire land for new 30th St. project?

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Over a year ago the Ada County Highway District had to acquire eight homes that had to be removed in order to make way for the five lanes of the new 30th St project.

Because there were several rumors swirling about how the homes were acquired we decided to send the Truth Squad to investigate. It turns out ACHD never used eminent domain to get the homes and all of the owners and even some renters agreed to the districts offer.

We talked with Glenda Fosburg who used to rent at one of the duplexes. She said not only did they give her enough time to move but also helped pay for some of the expenses to relocate.

"The four that were on this property here we all got fair deals," said Fosburg.

ACHD told KBOI that 95% of the time when they have to acquire property for a major project they can do it through an agreement. They say it saves a lot of time and money versus using eminent domain. That is when a government agency can get land at market value from a private owner even if they don't want to sell. It can only be used when a project is proved to be for the greater good of the community.

Gaining property through eminent domain can often be controversial especially for the land and homeowners.