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Long-stalled Boise Bench project rumbles to life. What to expect

A project first applied for in late 2015 is finally starting to see some activity. 

The triangular-shaped lot on Overland Rd. just west of Five Mile near Fred Meyer was approved for an 11-building office and retail park in the spring of 2016, but the site has been dormant since the approval.

Earlier this year, the applicant asked for another two years to start work on the project – a request that was granted.

Now, dirt is moving on the site to prepare it for that future development.

Nine office buildings and two commercial were approved as part of the original 2015 application for Southpoint. The project would spread across the 13.7 acre site framed by Overland to the north and Fivemile Creek to the south.

“We are proposing to provide public improvements including drives, street lights, and landscaping as well as the following amenities: Pedestrian pathways to provide public access from the adjacent residential neighborhood to the south, and picnic areas with open space to serve both the development and the residential areas,” David Ruby with The Architects Office wrote in an application letter.

Each of the proposed buildings must go through the City of Boise’s Design Review process.  One proposed building – a large indoor beach sports club we first wrote about in 2016 has not come to fruition. Idaho Beach Sports’ website is no longer active and a building permit was never filed.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
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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