It’s a big project that will add a major grocery destination to North Meridian. But when will construction start? It’s a question many BoiseDev readers asked in recent months.
High Desert Development Linder Village plans a large, multi-tenant retail, office and residential project on former farmland at Chinden Blvd. and Linder Rd. in Meridian. The project is anchored by Boise-based retailer WinCo Foods, as well as a new branch for the Meridian Library District.
We first broke the news of the project in 2017 — and residents will have to wait just a bit longer for the store to open.
David McKinney with High Desert told BoiseDev initial phase one construction on the site is just about done. That includes roads, parking lots, and other infrastructure.
Road project status
As part of the project, Chinden Blvd. will get an upgrade in the area of the store. The project will be paid for using a program the state calls STAR – or State Tax Anticipated Revenue. Essentially, a project developer pays for a major road improvement, then gets paid back by the state out of sales taxes collected by the stores and businesses in a project.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the improvements to Chinden near Linder Village have not started yet.
“The STAR Agreement holder has informed ITD they have not yet been able to obtain the bonds to complete the remaining improvements to (Chinden) between Linder Rd. and Meridian Rd.,” ITD spokesperson Jake Melder told BoiseDev. “At this time, it is uncertain what the impact will be for completing the improvements by the end of the year.”
McKinney said they hope to complete bond sales this month, after a delay related to the pandemic. He said work should start late this month and wrap up by next June.
Chinden is also being upgraded to both the east and west of the site. The western portion of upgrades also use the STAR program – made possible by the forthcoming Costco Wholesale location.
“Our next step is to start design and obtain final approvals on the plat and vertical building construction plans pushing for a late 2020 or early 2021 construction start,” McKinney said. “We also sold to WinCo in March and they plan to start their building and site improvements soon.”