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Proposed Boise Bench apartments would use ‘density bonus’ to add rent restricted units

A developer hopes to build 50 apartments along Vista Ave. and looks to provide a few units with rent restrictions under the city’s Housing Bonus program.

Kay Sielaff owns a set of properties at the corner of Vista Ave. and Targee St. on the Boise Bench that currently includes several single-family homes, some of which are in use as converted commercial offices. A family member says Slagle Development wants to covert the properties to a four-story apartment complex facing the corner.

“The vision for the project is to create a much-needed, dense apartment community addition within the Vista neighborhood having close proximity and access to the established Vista corridor and transit systems,” Bryan Hallowell with Cushing Terrel wrote in an application letter.

Crews would remove the current buildings and most trees on the property, though the application letter says three larger trees along Vista are “are trying to be preserved.” The project would add new trees along Vista and Targee. The oldest home on the property dates to 1940, according to property records.

Density bonus

Site plan for Vista & Targee apartments. Via Cushing Terrell

The plan calls for 15% of the 50 apartment units to include a restriction targeting rents to residents who make 80%-100% of the area median income. Fifteen percent is 7.5 apartment units, which means the complex would need to include eight full units to meet the city’s requirement.

The apartments would include 25 1-bedroom units, 22 2-bedroom apartments, and three three-bedroom models, for a total of 75 bedrooms.

The Housing Bonus program allows developers to ask for a reduction in parking requirements. The plan calls for 43 parking units on-site behind the building and six stalls along Targee St. for a total of 50 spaces.

Project planners are also asking for a variance to a setback for the driveway along the property’s east side. Hallowell said in the application letter that the location of the drive aisle is further from the intersection of Targee and Vista, which would increase safety.

The project will need several sign-offs from the City of Boise to move forward, including a conditional use permit and approval for the setback variance. A hearing has been set for November 8th, 2021, in front of Boise’s Planning & Zoning Commission at 6pm. We can’t link you directly to the hearing notice due to limitations with the City of Boise’s records system, but you can find it by clicking here, then clicking Record Info & Documents, then selecting Documents, and finally clicking “PDS-Legal Notice – PZ_HYBRID MEETING LEGAL NOTICE 11-8-2021.”

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