Broadway and Belmont
Proposed retail at Broadway and Belmont in Boise. Courtesy CSHQA.

Last year, the original Cobby’s Sandwiches shop on Broadway Ave. in Boise closed. Then, crews tore down the aging building after more than 60 years on the site.

Now, property owner Jim Kissler is looking to breathe new life into the property near Boise State University.

“At Belmont and Broadway, the project’s goal is to increase the street atmosphere through a modern design while maintaining some historical elements,” architecture firm CSHQA wrote in an application letter. “The development is intended to activate the streetscape while providing an opportunity for a new restaurant and retail store.”

The new building, like the older one torn down, would include both a retail space and a restaurant. A second floor would provide additional space for the restaurant as well as a rooftop deck. The patio would overlook nearby Albertsons Stadium and a planned Boise State baseball facility.

Filings with the City of Boise don’t indicate potential tenants. Kissler told BoiseDev last year he snapped up the parcel because of its location.

“I bought that properly because I like the location on Broadway,” he told BoiseDev. “I don’t have any concrete plans or signed tenants at this time. Most likely I will put up a spec. building and hang up for lease sign on it.”

Project planners propose to add visual detail to the building by using lighted bricks interspersed in the regular brick façade.

A little less parking

Kissler is asking for a parking reduction. City of Boise guidelines requires 35 spaces, while the plan calls for 15.

CSHQA says there’s sufficient street parking in the area, and it expects the retail and restaurant tenants to have different peak times.

“Given the proximity to downtown and the Greenbelt, adjacent transit line route and the growing popularity of reducing carbon footprint, we feel this area would benefit from the reduced on-site parking,” CHSQA wrote.

The City of Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the project on March 11 at 6pm.

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