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Tavern at Bown owners apply to build new restaurant across Boise River

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 The owners of Tavern at Bown Crossing have applied to build a new restaurant across the river.

Tavern Properties submitted a conditional use permit application with the City of Boise that requests to build a new 6,285 square foot restaurant building at the corner of Barber Valley Drive and ParkCenter Blvd. in the Barber Station development.

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After publication of this story, a representative for the owner responded.

 “My client has not purchased any property for a new location, and is just doing some due diligence,” attorney Dean Sorensen said.

In late 2016, Tavern at Bown Crossing was sued for eviction as BoiseDev was first to report.  That lawsuit was later resolved. The new location is about 1,500 feet from the current Bown location as the crow files.

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The restaurant parcel fronts an offshoot of the Boise River Greenbelt and a pond as well as the Boise River itself.

The new restaurant would feature seating for 235 restaurant goers, and feature an outdoor patio and firepits.

The parcel is in Boise’s SP-02 zoning overlay area – part of the Barber Valley Specific Plan.  That 117-page document is one of two master plans in Baber Valley, and outlines many different elements of what can be built by landowners.  One of those items is parking.

The SP-02 allows a maximum number of car parking spaces of 3.5 per 1,000 square feet of a building. That would grant the new Tavern restaurant a total of 22 spaces.  Owners are instead asking for 79 parking spaces.  

In a letter to neighbors of the site, Tavern Properties defends the expanded parking request.

“Our proposed parking is close to the regular city parking requirements of 1 parking space for every 3 seats for a restaurant.”

They also say they “expect about 15% of the patrons to arrive on bicycles and alternative transportation.” Space for 18 bicycles would be provided.

Header photo: Proposed site of Tavern Properties restaurant in Barber Valley.  

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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