‘Premier’ apartment development planned on Meridian’s west side

Meridian’s City Council will consider an apartment project called Entrata Farms in place of a project it turned down last summer.

Fig Village Parkside has asked to annex and rezone a 19-acre piece of land 3880 W. Franklin Rd. near Black Cat Rd. The plan is to develop 238 townhome-style units on the property, in a vairety of two- and three-story buildings.

The previous proposal couldn’t get city council approval due to the design and layout. The denial sent the owners back to the drawing board for another attempt.

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In an application letter, developers said they studied other apartment projects in the area and decided to go a different route.

“Traditional multi-story apartment building (sic) place individual apartment’s (sic) one on top of another. The design requires ‘seas’ of asphalt for residential and guest parking,” Kent Brown with Kent Brown Planning Services wrote. Instead, at Entrata Farms the buildings will be a “mixture of two and three stories tall and have rear and front loaded garages for each resident. This neighborhood will be well sought after because each unit will have its own one or two car private garage.”

Planners included a variety of features including a clubhouse, after councilors cited the lack of indoor amenities in their denial. The project would also feature a fitness center, meeting room, outdoor pool, playfield, tot lot, playground, picnic area and a half basketball court.

The developer held a neighborhood meeting in October, and reported no one showed up.

Meridian City Council will hear the project on January 22nd. City staff gave the project the thumbs up.

“Staff finds the proposed development is premiere, in that it provides open space, site amenities and parking far exceeding UDC standards… will provide much-needed housing within the Ten Mile area in close proximity to future shopping and employment uses,” they wrote.

Entrata Farms site plan
Site plan (click to enlarge)

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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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