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Large apartment building possible in downtown area marked for redevelopment

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A large apartment complex could go up in an aging area of Downtown Boise marked for redevelopment.

Developer Morgan Stonehill of Las Vegas presented the City of Boise with information for a pre-application meeting on a site at 703 W. Americana Blvd. earlier this month. The site, at the corner of Americana and Shoreline, is currently home to a medical office building.

The preliminary plan the development firm showed the city would replace the current single-story building with a seven-story apartment complex building with integrated parking. The plan calls for a total of 350 apartments, with 210 one-bedroom and 140 two-bedroom units.

Site plan for possible apartments at Shoreline Dr. and Americana Blvd. in Boise. Via Wallace Wilson Architects

The ground floor along Shoreline and Americana would feature a pair of retail spaces at the corner, as well as a leasing office and mail area, and a bike room. A large two-story parking garage would start on the ground floor and continue up on to the second level, with a total of 379 spaces.

Apartments would start on the third floor and continue through the seventh floor, centered around two open courtyard spaces. The third-floor deck would include an outdoor pool and amenity area.

The Americana West building currently houses a number of offices for St. Luke’s Health System – including an orthopedic urgent care center and imaging center.

Approvals needed

The project will need a host of approvals from the city, and planners identified a number of potential issues with the plan. One highlighted is that the City of Boise’s 2017 River St. Master Plan identifies a “potential local street” crossing through the site that would connect Americana Blvd. and 17th St.

“Street connectivity within the district should be protected and enhanced where possible,” the plan notes. “A desirable connection would be from S. 17th Street to Americana Boulevard midway between Shoreline and River Street.”

The general area has not seen significant development in recent years, but is part of the Capital City Development Corp’s Shoreline urban renewal district. That plan would use tax increment financing methods to provide for infrastructure and other improvements in the area. A plan to build a ballpark on land across the street (a former K-Mart store and Hewlett Packard office complex) fell apart in 2018, and little redevelopment activity has been proposed in recent years.

Nearby, the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter hopes to move from the neighborhood to a site off State St. That plan won City of Boise approval but work has not yet started. Several other non-profits continue to operate in the neighborhood.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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