$600,000 homes. Apartments. What’s New in the Boise ID Area?

The latest proposed developments, other construction projects and new businesses around Idaho’s Treasure Valley:

Meridian

Brighton Corp. is looking to add to its large planned community being developed in South Meridian known as Pinnacle.

Brighton wants to build 207 single-family homes and a lot for apartments or townhouses in a development called Apex West. The homes would be located on 96 acres on the north side of Lake Hazel Road, approximately 1/4 mile west of South Locust Grove Road.

Pinnacle homes will sell for $600,000 and more, Brighton says.

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Single-family homes will sell for around $600,000, Brighton said. meridian city

Meridian’s Brighton Corp. is looking to bolster its Quartet subdivision in northwest Meridian.

Brighton wants to add 67.6 acres and 229 single-family and townhouses at the northeast corner of Black Cat and Ustick roads. The houses would be part of the South Quartet.

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Single family homes and townhouses will be located on Ustick Road in Meridian. meridian city

The City of Meridian will begin construction of its police station at 4232 Owyhee Storm Ave.

Meridian Mayor Robert Simison pushed for the police station in his latest budget proposal. He hoped it would reduce agent travel time for calls on the outskirts of Meridian.

Wooded

A development with 301 apartments and townhouses in southwest Boise cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday, March 8, when it received city council approval to rezon the lot from open space to multi-family residential.

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This rendering shows some of the proposed townhouses at 8373 W. Victory Road. These units would be part of a 301 unit development in West Boise. City of Boise

About a month ago, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposed Victory Flats complex, but the proposed rezoning required City Council approval.

Layton Construction, the developer of Victory Flats, is planning one-, two-, and three-bedroom units at 8373 W. Victory Road.

The property is between South Trabuco Avenue and South Milwaukee Lane and north of West Junior High School. It sits just north of the city-owned parcel of Murgoitio, an undeveloped site long slated for a park that became controversial last summer after city officials considered it for a housing project affordable.

At Tuesday’s public hearing, neighbors objected to the project, citing traffic and density issues. Councilwoman Elaine Clegg called the scheme “awful urban design” because it has only one nearby road access point on either side of the property.

Still, Clegg voted in favor of the project, as she said it would help provide housing and could provide impetus for a more urban style in southwest Boise, perhaps with more mixed-use buildings, more businesses, and better access to transportation other than cars. .

The six members of the city council voted in favor of the project.

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This aerial map of the proposed Victory Flats project shows 29 buildings. At a planning and zoning meeting, representatives from Layton Construction said the project was intended to provide a healthy environment for the people who live there. City of Boise

A building with 102 affordable apartments takes another step towards reality this week.

The five-story building on the site of the former Smoky Davis Meat Shop received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, March 7, in a 6-1 vote.

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The City of Boise announced in July 2021 its decision to award the development of an affordable housing project to Pacific Cos. The 0.94-acre property at 3912 W. State St., west of Veterans Memorial Parkway, is set to become apartments targeted for mixed-income renters. City of Boise

The building is planned at 2426 N. Arthur St. and 3912 W. State St. at the northeast corner of the two streets.

The building, above a podium parking level, is planned to have studio, one, two and three bedroom units. All but one of the units would be for households earning up to 80% of the Ada County median income.

Pacific West Communities Inc. and SMR Development are partnering with the city on the project.

At a public hearing, neighbors expressed concern about the height of the building and the number of people it would house.

But Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bob Schafer said the units were needed.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Schafer said. “I think that’s certainly what the city envisions for the corridor in general. More density, taller buildings, and that next progression as State Street grows and matures.

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These renderings show the design of the proposed affordable housing complex at State and Arthur Streets. The building is expected to have five floors and 102 units. City of Boise

A 10-unit building at 3203 N. Milwaukee St. on the West Bench has been approved, and an architect representing the developer has applied for a building permit, signaling that construction may begin soon.

Milstick Properties LLC is listed as the developer of the property, according to an application filed with the city. A state filing indicates that Milstick is an Eagle company organized in 2011 by Lawrence A. Tiernan and governed by Merkola Properties LLC and the Tiernan Family LImited Partnership.

BuildZoom flagged the building permit application.

Nampa

Don Thornton of Thornton-Gallup LLC wants to build 191 single-family homesa lot of apartment buildings with 186 apartments, two commercial lots and 11 industrial lots on 126 acres.

The subdivision, Chisum Estates, would be located south of Amity Road and west of Happy Valley Road.

The land was previously a meatpacking plant, the application says.

“Residents of this neighborhood would benefit from a quiet neighborhood with the benefit of great access to the Indian Creek trail system, commercial uses along Amity Street and Railroad Street, and a short commute to downtown Nampa for activities,” the app reads.

Thornton-Gallup, of Nampa, reports its directors and members as Robert Todd Gallup, of Caldwell, and Don R. Thornton, of Boise.

Toll Brothers, a national home builder, has announced that newly built homes in Nampa are for sale. The new development, named Silver Star, includes 232 single-family homes near the corner of Star and Ustick roads.

Thirteen home designs range from 1,586 to 3,104 square feet and include one- and two-story homes. Homes start at $463,900.

“With a wide selection of home designs and dynamic structural options to meet every buyer’s needs, Silver Star offers homebuyers the opportunity to create the Idaho paradise they’ve always wanted,” said Susan Stanley, president of the Toll Brothers division in Idaho, in a press release. .

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The Hensley house design is one of many offered to the Silver Star community by Toll Brothers, now open in Nampa. Toll Brothers

Notable

RealtyHop ranked Boise as the 23rd least affordable city among the 100 largest cities in the country.

According to RealtyHop, Boise homeowners spend 38.9% of their income on annual homeownership fees. That’s a 4.36 percentage point increase from last month, when Boise ranked 27th nationally.

According to the RealtyHop database, the median household income in Boise is $71,100 and the median listing price of a home for sale is $479,950.

RealtyHop is a website that finds undervalued homes for investors to buy.

Boise’s gasoline prices hit an all-time high on Tuesday, March 8, AAA Idaho said.

The city’s average price reached $4.19, seven cents higher than the previous record, set on July 15, 2008.

In early March, prices rose above $4 for the first time in 14 years, mainly due to the war in Ukraine.

Boise City Council has approved Mayor Lauren McLean’s choice of Tim Keane as the city’s next director of planning and development.

Keane most recently served as head of Atlanta’s planning department.

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Tim Keane Courtesy of the City of Boise

In a video call, Keane said his top priorities are housing affordability, mobility and conservation.

“The idea that the city will not change would be problematic. How are you. The growth is going to happen,” Keane said. “But (the key is) to shape that growth so that the city becomes more urban and in doing so protects and repairs nature. It just seems to me that Boise is a city uniquely positioned to do these things in exceptional ways.

Editor David Staats contributed.

This story was originally published March 10, 2022 4:00 a.m.

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