Condo project planned next to home that sparked emergency historic district

A new five-story condo project is planned for a newly-created Boise historic district. But no buildings will be torn down to make way for the project.

Bill Hon owns a home at the corner of Main St. and 2nd St. in Downtown Boise.

City officials said Hon told them he planned to tear down the home. He later told the Idaho Statesman was only one option on the table. That disputed exchange triggered an emergency process to create the historic district, which protects 11 homes.

The new Boise Boutique Condos is planned for an empty lot Hon also owns next to the home that first started the concern over historic structures.

New addition to old neighborhood

The design is intended to blend in with the classic and now historic homes on the block.

“This project incorporates protruding classic chiseled face sandstone as well as sandstone recessed panels in keeping with the varied types of sandstone utilized on the two buildings along Main street,” Dennis Taggart with project architect Encompass wrote in an application letter. “The rear of the building uses the predominate stucco material of the building to the north. At the same time, this project’s detailing and color of the stucco will blend with the sandstone on the front half of this proposed building.”

The building would be 60′ high at its tallest point, and contain five floors. The first floor would contain nine parking spots, one each for the nine condos in the stories above. Parking for bikes is also planned.

The floor plans for the nine condos are varied, with one and two bedroom units on the second, third and fourth floors. The top floor would contain a single large unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a den.

The building would feature an elevator, and guest storage space.

The project will go before Boise’s Historic Preservation committee, a date for the hearing has not yet been set.

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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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