Infill project would bring homes to vacant lot on Central Bench

A new development would add 18 homes to a small parcel on Kootenai St. on the Boise Bench.

The Marietta Subdivision would feature nine townhomes along Kootenai St., with another nine facing the back of the site overlooking a railroad spur and a planned apartment complex.

Each of the townhomes would be three stories tall, and some would feature just a single-car garage.  The applicant, CK Property Group, has asked for a parking variance to allow for the single-car garages, with extra parking spaces in a small internal parking lot.

“Single-family homes typically require 2-car garages and no guest parking, but we are providing for 9 on-site surface parking spaces, and a 9-space
bicycle rack for visitor and resident use,” Ben Semple with Rodney Evans and Partners wrote in a letter of explanation for the project.

The applicant is asking for a setback variance to allow some of the townhomes to be built just 7 feet. from the property line along a railroad track – instead of the traditionally required 15 feet.

Sample floorpan. Via public filing

“The developer felt that it was appropriate to explore all options to get an approval for single-family residential so that adjacent homeowners are
impacted as little as possible, and this project would enhance the residential nature of the surrounding property,” Semple wrote.

The proposed materials for the homes will be standing seam metal panels, fiber cement siding, marine-grade stained and sealed plywood, powder-coated steel plates, and vinyl windows.

The project is set to be heard in front of Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission on September 10th.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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