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Bown on the block: development for sale as breakfast bistro denial appealed

With a brewing fight over a new, separate piece of commercial brewing on the edge of Bown Crossing, the bulk of the center is now for sale.

A sales flier from Colliers International shows the neighborhood center is for sale, listed at $12.7 million. The sale includes the buildings that make up the core of the development at the corner of Bown Way and Riverwalk Drive, with tenants like Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, Cravin’s Candy Emporium, Habitat Veterinary Hospital and others.

The development is owned by Tree City Investments, which is controlled by Charles M. Ellis of Hailey.

In 2016, BoiseDev reported the Bown Crossing ownership group sued Tavern at Bown Crossing for eviction. The suit was later resolved. Tavern has applied to build a new restaurant across the river, and their current space was for lease – though that listing has now been pulled.

Some neighbors and tenants in Bown Crossing have been involved in a dispute over the development of a hoped-for breakfast restaurant and retail space at Bown Way and Parkcenter Blvd.  The debate stems from the request by the developer of that project for a parking reduction.

On September 17th, the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission denied the application for a conditional use permit for the new Toast Bistro-anchored project.

In the denial, the commission wrote “the subject property is not
large enough to accommodate the required parking for the project. Although alternative means of transportation to the project exist, including public transit and pedestrian and bike facilities, reducing parking to the degree requested by the applicant will adversely affect other property in the vicinity. Although available parking may exist within the broader Bown
Crossing development to support this project, the Master CC&Rs governing these properties do not allow for parking reductions absent an approved shared parking agreement. To date, no such agreement has been submitted to the City.”

The applicant has filed an appeal to Boise City Council, which is set to be heard at the Tuesday, November 13th meeting at Boise City Hall.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
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 don@boisedev.com.

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