Courtesy GGLO

The River Caddis project at 3rd St. and Myrtle St. in Boise is beginning to step into the public light.

GGLO and Broad St. LLC are working to build an 8-story mixed-use project on a largely vacant block just south of the Ada County Courthouse.

The project would bring significant parking, residential and some retail to the area.

The first floor would feature space for a cafe with outdoor seating along 3rd St., and commercial along Broad St. facing CSHQA. It would also have offices for the residential component of the building. The second, third and fourth floors would primarily serve for car parking. The fifth floor is set for apartments as well as a fitness center and landscaped rooftop courtyard. The sixth, seventh and eight floors would contain additional residential units.

In their application to the city, designers said they hope the project will link Julia Davis Park with the newly revamped Broad St. area.

“The 3rd and Myrtle project seeks to bridge the gap between these two areas through landscape and human scale places of congregation,” the application said. “The language of landscape and nature is brought across W Myrtle St and mirrored in the exterior of the garage massing.”

Along 3rd St., a series of large planters is expected with the ability to plant trees with large canopies.

In all, the project would have 174 residential units. It would have 413 parking spaces and storage for 192 bikes. The excess parking is expected to serve needs for other buildings in the area, including the Ada County Courthouse project nearby.

The project is set for a design review hearing Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Boise City Hall.

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  1. Thanks for listing parking firstly in the list of what this “building” brings to the neighborhood. This has become a common design component in almost all of the new buildings going up, including the other upcoming Central Addition projects.

    We are in a very short time going to look around this city and realize we are surrounded by unflattering architecture that amounts to a bunch of desperately cloaked parking garages.

    I’m amazed that the views from our parks, the Capitol’s Boulevard and our boondoggle library will all view directly upon parking garages… all with high marks of approval from the City Council and our mayor that gets half his donations from these very developers, as you noted yesterday.

  2. Hey Paul,

    If you’re so against these mixed-use buildings including space for parking, where would you like to suggest residents (or commuters) park their vehicles?

    The current surface-level gravel lots that dot that part of downtown are so much more attractive from the parks, aren’t they?

    If we want people to live and work downtown, we have to deal with the reality that they will need space to park their vehicles. Since digging underground parking isn’t feasible and our current public transportation system makes it difficult for commuting to downtown, well-designed mixed spaces with space for parking are essential.

  3. The “City of Trees” has become the “City of Parking Decks”. Count the number of existing massive parking structures in downtown Boise, most of which go dark and empty at night and contribute nothing to the vitality of a downtown the planners say they want. Yet we continue to limp along with an inadequate bus system, everyone nods their head that something should be done, and “scooters” are dreamed up as a way for residents to get around an increasingly complex and congested city. No self-respecting American city of more than a quarter-million residents would be inviting more and more cars into their urban core without a balanced transit system to address the gridlock to come. Yet Boise simply builds more parking decks and perpetuates an auto-centic community …

  4. It would be nice if people who post and who are against development of downtown would post where they live so that the rest of us can figure out where they are coming from. It is truly remarkable that people prefer to preserve the enormous amount of gravel and dirt surface parking instead of things that will continue to improve the economy of the city. And to call this “unflattering” is truly trollish. Where were you when the US Bank building was going up? Boise is now a leader in smart growth architecture. Everything that gets built must conform to these types of building codes. This looks to be a great addition to downtown. For the record, East End resident here.

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